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Houseplants help improve air quality, beautify indoor spaces

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor air pollution can be two to five times higher — and in some cases 10 times higher — than outdoor air, due to airtight buildings and improper ventilation, according to a news release. This can even lead to “sick building syndrome” -- a situation where building occupants experience acute health effects linked to time spent in the building.

“These findings are of particular concern because the EPA estimates that most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors,” said Mark R. Sneller, indoor air-quality expert and author of Greener Cleaner Indoor Air, in the release. “It’s been proven that many houseplants help clean the air by absorbing common indoor pollutants.”

O2-FOR-YOUThe houseplant varieties in the O2 for You collection from Costa Farms have been scientifically proven by NASA to be some of the best plants for cleaning toxins from the air.Adding two to four houseplants for every 100 square feet can remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in just 24 hours.

“Many of us underestimate how much pollution we encounter indoors, only thinking of it when we smell things like new paint, nail polish remover, or cleaning products,” said Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms in Miami, in the release. “Being mindful of what we’re breathing in and taking small steps to improve air quality can go a long way. Our goal in creating the O2 for You collection was to make it easy for everyone to purify the air around them.”

The plants in the O2 for You collection have been scientifically proven by NASA to be some of the best plants for cleaning the air. Included in the collection are Peace lilies, snake plants, dracaenas, Chinese evergreens, ferns, dieffenbachias, ZZ plants, philodendrons, and houseplant palms.

“Our mission is to educate people to understand the importance of indoor houseplants and how they clean the air and beautify our homes and offices,” said Jose Smith, president and chief executive officer at Costa Farms, in the release.

“Our industry needs to clearly communicate to consumers that live indoor houseplants are nature’s air purifiers that release oxygen, remove carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds from indoor spaces, and brighten up any room with beautiful color and foliage.”