Pretty Plants for Clean Air

A lot of my favourite spaces have a common element – plants. 

They can visually balance a space – every room needs something organic, I think – and the health benefits are a bonus (priorities, people). You’ve all probably read about the NASA clean air study, which tends to be my go-to for choosing house plants – it highlights the plants best at filtering specific toxins from the air. Gaddys Plant Hire has more info on this too.


We had quite a few snake plants like the one above in our loft, because they are really good in bedrooms (they convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night, unlike most plants). They’re also almost impossible to kill, for those of us afflicted with a black thumb.

That majestic thing in the corner above is a Bird of Paradise I think, which isn’t included in the NASA study, but even so, it’s still going to reduce carbon dioxide and it sure is purdy.
Here’s a quick run-down on a few of my favourite air-purifying, easy-to-keep-alive plants (I’m only listing plants I’ve actually owned, for a full list check out the NASA study):
{Areca or Golden Cane Palm}
Filters: xylene and toluene
Bonus: plants over 1.8m tall work as effective air humidifiers too
{Peace Lily}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene, toluene and ammonia
{Snake Plant}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene and toluene
{Dracaena Marginata}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene and toluene
{Cornstalk Dracena or Happy Plant}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde and trichlorethylene
{Moth Orchid}
Filters: xylene and toluene
Disclaimer: I’ve killed every orchid I’ve owned, but I had to include them because they’re gorgeous. Obviously.
Plant image credits:
All others from Gaddys Plant Hire

This post was sponsored by Gaddys Plant Hire. All opinions are my own.


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