Plants – do you wonder how these little green things actually can clean the air? Here we uncover the secrets of the world’s natural air purifiers… Sit back, because this is amazing 🤯
Plants have been known to clean air for years but how do they actually do it?
Plants absorb toxins (including VOCs) and bioeffluents (things that humans exhale, like carbon dioxide and viruses) in the air through tiny pores on their leaves. You’ve more than likely heard of the term photosynthesis. This is the process where plants absorb Carbon Dioxide and other nasties, and use chlorophyll to break them down, releasing sugars and oxygen back into the air.
The larger the leaf, the greater amount of purification a plant can give due to the larger surface areas. Leaves can actually ‘eat’ the VOC’s or move them down to the roots, where microorganisms that live in the roots can break down the toxins, neutralise them, and use them for food for the plant.
Toxins and VOCs in the air can cause drowsiness, nausea, headaches, and eye and throat irritation. More serious cases can even develop to flu like symptoms, allergies and asthma attacks. This is also known as ‘Sick Building Syndrome‘. This leads to an increase in sick days taken by staff and a loss of productivity. Companies are now realising the benefit of plants and the return on investment they give through improving staff wellness.
Plants truly are one of the hidden superheroes of the modern office bringing life, vibrancy and a better environment for all.