How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants that Purify Your Home Or Office

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Penguin Books, 1997 - Gardening - 144 pages
How pure is the air you breathe?

Plants are the lungs of the earth: they produce the oxygen that makes life possible, add precious moisture, and filter toxins. Houseplants can perform these essential functions in your home or office with the same efficiency as a rainforest in our biosphere.

In research designed to create a breathable environment for a NASA lunar habitat, noted scientist Dr. B.C. Wolverton discovered that houseplants are the best filters of common pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene. Hundreds of these poisonous chemicals can be released by furniture, carpets, and building material, and then trapped by closed ventilation systems, leading to the host of respiratory and allergic reactions now called Sick Building Syndrome. In this full-color, easy-to-follow guide, Dr. Wolverton shows you how to grow and nurture 50 plants as accessible and trouble-free as the tulip and the Boston fern, and includes many beautiful but commonly found varieties not generally thought of as indoor plants. He also rates each plant for its effectiveness in removing pollutants, and its ease of growth and maintenance.

Studies show that Americans spend ninety percent of their lives indoors, which means that good indoor air quality is vital for good health. How to Grow Fresh Air will show you how to purify the environment that has the most impact on you.

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This book was based on Wolverton's 1989 study for NASA, if I remember correctly. Follow up studies have shown that houseplants are insufficient air purifiers of the pollutants in our homes. The book holds up as a guide to choosing common houseplants for easy care and aesthetics. Read full review

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User Review  - SusanEAC - LibraryThing

Gives a good summary of the importance of plants in the modern home to detoxify the air of gases given off by things like new furniture, carpeting, paint fumes, etc. I didn't read through all the ... Read full review


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