Certainly we folks in Gowanus are no strangers to pollution of land, air and sea. In honor of the recent EPA Superfund Investigation report and with a strong reminder of the many pollutants and carcinogens that swirl in the air around us, we thought it would be helpful to point you to some excellent resources to start thinking about the air around you and better understanding the issues that affect your Air Quality (or AQ). There are many improvements you can make and actions you can take to better your home, office or car air quality. Here are just a few:
The EPA has a great website with lots of great tools for learning more about Air Quality. Click the image to take your very own guided tour of the ideal Air Quality home:
Best Air Filtering House Plants from Nasa research!
Plants to Filter the Air in Your House
Having good indoor air quality is very important, especially since many of us spend so much time inside. NASA did a study to find out which plants were best to filter the air of the space station, and their findings are available to all.
Read on to see which house plants are best to filter the air (no only producing Oxygen from CO2, but also absorbing benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene.
- English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Golden pothos or Devil’s ivy (Scindapsus aures or Epipremnum aureum)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)
- Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
- Bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
- Snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
- Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium, syn. Philodendron cordatum)
- Selloum philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum, syn. Philodendron selloum)
- Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)
- Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
- Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragans ‘Massangeana’)
- Janet Craig dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’)
- Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’)
- Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)
- Gerbera Daisy or Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
- Pot Mum or Florist’s Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)
- Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
You can also see the best plants to filter formaldehyde, xylene and toluene by follow the link below. Thanks to commenter Tim for pointing out the book How to Grow Fresh Air.