Sustainable Living

By September 21, 2015 News No Comments

A great way to start your journey to a more sustainable home is to take some of the toxins that come in everyday Cleaning products and building materials.

The three main household toxins of concern are:

  1. Benzene
  2. Formaldehyde
  3. Trichloroethylene

These carcinogenic chemicals are used in the manufacturing of synthetic substances and materials and are off-gased from new materials for some time
(up to several years, depending on the material of product in question).

The great news is that there are several plants that both live well indoors and not only absorb these toxins they help move purified air around you home.
This means these types of houseplants may just decrease your risk of cancers, asthma, allergies, auto-immune disorders and other diseases.

Aloe plants are very beneficial for increasing oxygen levels in your home. They have also been found to absorb formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, and carbon
monoxide. According to Earthship, one pot of aloe is equivalent to nine biological air cleaners.

Bathrooms are ideal for indoor plants and can really balance the feel of room with a lot of shiny surfaces.


Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Spider plants are able to perform photosynthesis under minimal lighting. They aid in absorbing toxins in the air including formaldehyde, styrene,
carbon monoxide, and benzene. One spider plant is able to effectively filter a room of 200 square feet.

There are several plant species that can help purify your home and thanks to here is a couple of beauties.

English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

English ivy is another great indoor plant that removes toxins. This plant has been shown to reduce 60% of airborne mould and 58% of airborne toxins after being placed in a room for only 6 hours!

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)

Having a peace lily in your home greatly reduces the chemical toxins in the air. Peace lily plants filter out harmful benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.

Snake Plant Or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria Trifasciata‘Laurentii’)

This indoor plant that cleans the air is just about indestructible, if you’re looking to start out with an easy to care for plant, this would be the one to choose. Snake plants aid in removing toxins from the air and require little to no lighting.

Coffee tables are often the centre of our living rooms, as a family we spend hours here and there in no better place to think about adding plants.

On trend and one of my personal favourite additions in homes and public spaces these days are Vertical gardens, you can be as elaborate as your budget allows but this is pure air and beauty.