Indoor Air pollution has been a main concern for many Indian cities. In 2016, a World Health Organisation (WHO) study found that fourteen of the twenty world’s most polluted cities belonged to India.
Now various efforts are taken by State, local Governments and individuals to combat air pollution. Indoor plants have been emerged as an easy alternative to tackle indoor air pollution, but many plants suggested by various online sources and promoted by nurseries do not suit to Indian conditions.
Studies by NASA scientist found positive effect of certain indoor plants in removal of indoor air pollutants.
Here are 5 cute little indoor plants that suits Indian conditions
#1. Areca Palm or Butterfly Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) is effective in removing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in paint thinners, glues and certain rubber products.
It is tolerant to moist indoor environments
#2. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) helps in removing formaldehyde and other VOCs.
It has shown higher efficiency in absorbing Carbon dioxide than most plants.
#3. Money plant or Devil’s Ivy (Scindapsus aureus) purify air polluted with VOCs and help in increasing oxygen inflow. It is an well known easy growing indoor plant.
#4. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) is an excellent air filtering system due to its higher transpiration rate. To make it flower, we can keep it in morning sunlight.
#5. Dracaena plants help rid your home of toxic agents like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene. It usually requires little light and infrequent watering.
Various green building norms recommends placing atleast one to two plants per 100 square feet of floor space for effective management. Thus, indoor plants have become an prominence in green buildings and eco-friendly living environment.