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What are some air purifying plants and what do they do?
Air purifiers are plants which take toxins from the air; although this is a bit of a misnomer because all plants do this with carbon dioxide when photosynthesising. So what this means is plants which have the ability to remove other toxins from the air, meaning gases such as Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene, all found in inks, paints, plastics, and sprays.
A lot of research has gone into this, most prominently by NASA who conducted research into which plants can detect and purify certain toxins the earth’s atmosphere, as well as applications in the space station, and also Mars. I won’t try to paraphrase NASA, so here is a link to their article about this: NASA.
We have tried to recreate a similar list as the NASA one but this has more plants and actually a place to buy them…! Here are some of my favourite ones: Calathea Triostar, Mantra Leoconeura Tricolor, and favourites: Pilea Peperomioides.