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Plants against formaldehyde

Question: plants against formaldehyde

Hi! what a nice site congratulations! I had read but I don't remember well, some particular indoor plants that are very useful for formaldehyde and other similar pollutants. could you tell me which ones? thank you very much! Warbler

Answer: plants against formaldehyde

Dear Silvia,
formaldehyde is a volatile compound, which is used for a long series of industrial products, from furniture to wallpaper, from curtains to some inks; unfortunately these products, over time, tend to release small amounts of formaldehyde into the air, which is a toxic product, carcinogenic to some animals; fortunately the problem of formaldehyde is not a novelty, so for some decades the industry has been trying to produce manufactured articles with lower quantities of formaldehyde, or to release them in ever smaller quantities. At home, however, over the years, the furniture, the paint used for whitewashing, the inks of felt-tip pens and printers, cans, clothes, curtains, all free small amounts of harmful substances in the air, if not strictly toxic. The problem is quite important, even if in fact, almost none of us have an air so unhealthy in the house as to cause irritation to the respiratory tract. Even without reaching extreme cases, in any case, the air in our apartments is not entirely healthy, as the objects we surround ourselves tend, over the years, to release toxic substances into the environment. Some NASA studies, aimed at looking for plants to be used in hypothetical spatial bases, have shown that some plants have the capacity to absorb these pollutants from the air and make them fall, removing them from the air we breathe every day. This type of effect does not in any way damage plants, it is only the result of their normal development.
The research lasted several decades, and showed that some plants are much more capable than others of absorbing formaldehyde, toluene, acetone and other pollutants from the environment.
The plants that are most often found as purifying plants are ferns (and in particular the ferns of the genus nephrolepis), the spatifillo, the anthurium, the dracena, the ivy; these are plants that we commonly keep at home, and therefore are not difficult to find in nurseries. Other plants that act as air purifiers are ficus, sanseveria, areca, which are able to absorb formaldehyde, and also other pollutants. Sanseveria also has the advantage of being a succulent, with a development cycle that does not involve the emission of carbon dioxide at night, but always of oxygen, throughout the day.