One of many reasons why trees and plants are so important for our environment and our lives is that they improve the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. Their pores absorb and filter out all of the yucky stuff in the air!
“Some estimates conclude that 100 trees remove up to five tons of CO2, 400 pounds of ozone, and 300 pounds of small particulate matter. A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service determined that trees in New York City annually removed more than 1,800 metric tons of air pollution from that city’s atmosphere, and estimated that the value of this service to society was approximately $9.5 million.
Trees use energy from the sun to fuel photosynthesis—think of it as a tree’s food production process. Photosynthesis converts water and C02 absorbed from the atmosphere into carbohydrates that are used by the tree for nutrients. The by-product of photosynthesis is oxygen, which is released by tree into the atmosphere. So by absorbing CO2, trees rid the environment of an excess pollutant and in return, they give us oxygen to breathe.” — Caroline Brown, writer
And just like out in the open air, plants can filter the air that our families and ourselves breathe in our homes as well!!! It just so happens that house plants are a beautiful way to bring a homey but also bright and lively look to your home, and so many of them easily make themselves a comfy, permanent resident in your home because they are super sturdy and don’t need much attention at all (i.e. the Chinese Evergreen).
“Concerned by the air pollution caused by an ever-more industrialized society, NASA took a close look at houseplants’ ability to reduce indoor air pollutants. They hoped the research might help mitigate the chemicals modern building materials and furniture can “off-gas” into the air, but they were also looking for ways to maintain air quality inside potential space stations. NASA tested how well houseplants diffuse chemicals like formaldehyde (found in particle board and many other synthetic home items) and benzene (found in cigarette smoke, but also in some paints and glues). Their findings were originally published in 1989, but still ring true today…” — Lauren Piro, writer
Here is the study done by NASA on this very matter. Check it out and the next time you go to a store that sells one of these that you like, bring it home!!!