In the 1980's NASA conducted an experiment lead by B.C. Wolverton investigating the air purification abilities of several house plants. I've selected eight of those plants, based upon the results of the test, that give extra benefit to artists and bloggers. These plants filter out the chemicals in the air that may be produced by your supplies and equipment!
English IvyA fairly well-known plant, English Ivy was shown to filter out benzene and trichloroethylene. These chemicals can be found in your paint, dyes, adhesives, and even printer ink! Place the plant on a stand in the corner of the room or make it a hanging plant!
Cornstalk & Red-Edged Dracaena
These two relatives also filter benzene and trichloroethylene out of the air. A Dracaena type plant is perfect to place in the corner of a room; they grow vertically. This is great if you don't want to take up any space from your work surface.
Let's change things up with a bright, colorful flowering plant. It's said that bright colors improve your
mood and inspire creativity. We definitely want more of that in our creative workspaces! Not only are
they stimulating to your brain, but they also filter out all of he chemicals tested in the experiment. This includes benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia. These chemicals can be found in many products, including household cleaners. I'd consider the 'Mum' an all-star plant!
|A pink Chrysanthemum blossom.|
This one is a nice plant to put on your desk. Another vertically growing plant, it does a great job at filtering out benzene and trichloroethylene. Little space taken up, easy to take care of, and cleaner air, perfect for the small studio or workspace!
The Peace Lily is another 'all-star' plant. It filters benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia out of the air. These plants produce bright white flowers, great for the workspace with an airy vibe. It is also a very tolerant plant and good for those without a 'green thumb'.
Barberton Daisies are the perfect plant for an artist or blogger with concerns for their pets. They filter benzene and trichloroethylene out of the air and are non-toxic to pets and children. So, if you think Fido or little Billy is going to take a nip at your house plant, this is the one to get. Bonus: they have beautiful flowers!
|A beautiful, orange Barberton Daisy|
Aloes are a favorite among many people. While they do have great air purifying abilities, as all of these plants do, I chose to list this one for another reason: it's healing capabilities! When the gel on the inside of the leaf is applied to a cut, wound, or burn, it helps speed up the healing process. If you keep one of these in your workspace, you won't need to worry if a project goes awry, or get a paper cut (we all know how painful those can be!).
All of these plants are perfect for your studio or creative office. Your air will be cleaner and your space brighter. Don't miss out on the health benefits these guys have to offer! Visit your nearest plant nursery or store to pick one (or more) out to come home with you. Or, if you're more the do-it-yourself type, check out the list of supplies and tools below that you can choose from.
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