Grow Fresh Air in Your Apartment

These three plants will produce fresh air, even in your basement apartment.

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Image via TED 2009 Conference

When Kamal Meattle was told that the air in New¬†Delhi was killing him, he took three common indoor plants and used them to “grow” fresh air for an entire office park.¬†It worked, and his findings were presented at the TED 2009 conference. Now that it is the dead of winter, most of us have the windows shut in our city¬†apartments and the air quality is definitely not up to par. If his system can improve thousands of square feet in an office park, just¬†imagine¬†how it can¬†improve¬†our tiny¬†apartments.

The three plants you will need are the Areca Palm, the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, and the Money Plant. All three are common plants that can be¬†purchased¬†at your local home improvement¬†store¬†or nursery. Both the Areca Palm and the Mother-in-Law’s¬†Tongue¬†remove CO2 and convert it into oxygen, and the money plant is a specialist that can do all sorts of cool things like remove¬†formaldehyde¬†and other¬†pollutants¬†from the air.

When used together, Meattle says in the video (below) that you could basically be in a bottle with the cap on and you would not suffocate,¬†because with these three plants you’d have all the fresh air you’d need to survive. Meattle is now trying this¬†experiment¬†with an even larger office park.

There is some fine print, of course. You need to take care of the plants. A dead plant won’t help the air. And you need more than one plant. At his office park, anywhere from four to eight plants per person were used, so that amounts to¬†thousands¬†of plants. For two individuals in a small, city apartment, just a few of each would really do the job. Try it out and breath easy.

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2013/02/01/indoor-plants-air-fresh/