While our connection to nature is deep-rooted, modern living has seen us spending less and less time in it. It’s widely recognised that we’re spending up to 90 per cent of their time indoors, meaning more regular exposure to airborne pollutants commonly found in our homes and offices.
The good news is that by bringing certain types of plants into your space, you’re employing a natural air purifier, and in some cases even increasing your oxygen levels. And there’s science to back it up, too.
One NASA experiment found that indoor plants can scrub the air of nasty compounds like formaldehyde and benzene. Later research found that microorganisms in soil can also play a part in cleaning your air.
Another 2015 study found that particular types of indoor plants can remove up to 75 per cent of airborne pollutants.
Some plants like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads actually suck up carbon dioxide and release oxygen, so place these plants near where you sleep to refresh the air during the night.