Favorite Quotes:

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result"

- Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Plants to clean the air in your home or office

Not only do plants use CO2 and produce oxygen, they also filter toxins from the air.

NASA did a study to find out which plants would best filter the air on the space station.
This is a chart of plants in the NASA study that most effectively removed pollutants from the air.

* English Ivy (Hedera helix)
* Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
* Golden pothos or Devil's ivy (Scindapsus aures or Epipremnum aureum)
* Peace lily (Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa')
* Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
* Bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
* Snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii')
* Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium, syn. Philodendron cordatum)
* Selloum philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum, syn. Philodendron selloum)
* Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)
* Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
* Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragans 'Massangeana')
* Janet Craig dracaena (Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig')
* Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckii')
* Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)
* Gerbera Daisy or Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
* Pot Mum or Florist's Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)
* Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

The Foliage for Clean Air Council, a communications clearinghouse for information on the use of foliage to improve indoor air quality, recommends a minimum of two plants per 100 square feet of floor space in an average home with eight- to ten-foot ceilings.

Make a few changes and set some goals

I have been out of circulation for a few months but now I am back. This is the beginning of my new year.

It seems the new buzz word is "Carbon Offsets" and buying carbon offsets to compensate for the CO2 you can't control. One emission-reduction project is reforestation. First you calculate your carbon footprint...ouch, then you purchase carbon offsets to compensate for it. CARBON FOOTPRINT is a good place to start for more information.

I am taking baby steps, shame on me, but then again what are you doing? I am placing air-filtering house plants in my house, planting shrubs and plants in my yard, and growing some of my own herbs and vegetables.