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Go Green With House Plants

September 17th, 2008

Looking for a simple way to go green?
How about some house plants?
Here are good some choices for cleaner air.

Duration : 00:03:34

Slate-Top Nesting Plant Stand
Put a Well-Deserved Spotlight on Your
Beautiful Tropical House Plants.

7 Responses

  1. MrsRoadRunner2000 (1 comments) Says:

    I watched the video …
    I watched the video looked over and it was on tv too!!

  2. MurkySnakes (1 comments) Says:

    Eureka Palm

    Eureka Palm
    Spathiphyllum (The Peace Lily)
    Golden Pothos
    Yucca – good for sunny window, needs less water
    Boston Fern (hanging plant, good for bathroom)
    Succulents (require little maintenance)

    Minimum 1 plant per 100 square feet to clean toxins.

  3. walk2write (3 comments) Says:

    Some good ideas here. Thank you! One question, though, and this one may seem a bit silly: what happens to all of those absorbed toxins in the plant? If you happen to re-pot the plant or have to get rid of it, do you need a Tyvek suit and respirator to handle it and a hazardous waste permit to dispose of it? ;>}

  4. Professor (6 comments) Says:

    The answer is really quite simple: the plants break apart the chemicals into environmentally friendly ones, which they may then use for their own benefit. For example, the Boston fern removes formaldehyde, a chemical used to preserve household fabrics, by converting it into carbon dioxide and water.

  5. walk2write (3 comments) Says:

    Thanks, Prof, for the information. To expand the topic a bit further, I wonder why more research is not being done (or publicized) on the use of plants to clean up the many toxic waste dumps poisoning our country? Most of the time, contaminated soil or water is merely transported to another site, which really doesn’t solve the problem and merely creates a new one. We used to own an environmental drilling company and would cringe at all of the waste of taxpayers’ money for useless “reclamation” projects that benefited no one except the consulting companies we worked for.

  6. Professor (6 comments) Says:

    You’ve piqued my interest, walk2write, by your use of the word “more” to modify “research”. So I did a bit of research on my own into using plants to clean up toxic waste.

    Apparently there was a breakthrough in this research back in 2000, when a research group at UPenn cloned and patented the plant gene required to survive in a toxic environment.

    After that, I could find no reference to their work or to any further research — maybe some business with an interest in some of the $750 billion estimated cost of toxic cleanup bought out their patent.

    However, last fall another article by Reuters reported that research in this area is still being carried out at three universities world-wide: University of Washington, University of York (England), and the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. So maybe another solution will come out of this yet.

  7. House Cleaning Minneapolis (1 comments) Says:

    House plants have so many benefits. Cleaner air, beauty, ambiance and atmosphere.

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