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How to increase oxygen in your own home despite depletion of rain forests


Pollution produces multitudes of health risks like developing asthma in children. This is not helped by the fact that much of the pollution is bolstered by the reduction of rain forests annually. Research indicates that pollution can be over 27 times more elevated inside one’s own house than it is outside.

This causes great concern since a majority of US citizens and others living in developed countries spend most of their time in doors.  Poisonous vapors being released into the air can come from furnishings, apparel, colorants, construction frame work used to build homes and even cleaning products. All of these fumes combine to form a smoldering mixture of chemicals that can wear on the human respiratory system and that of pets too.

Solutions?  Grow or get more plants indoors. Keeping house plants can reduce these damaging effects as they can pull unwanted additives from the air. The act of plants combatting lethal additives in air is called phytoremediation. Phytoremediation allows plants to sweep up household toxins. Stanley J. Kays of Georgia University led a trial among 28 popular house plants and discovered a select few of them diminished aerial pollutants in the house.

Among the most prominent air purifying plants were the purple waffle plant, the asparagus fern, the wax plant and the English ivy as reported by analysis printed by HortScience, an online journal that publishes horticultural articles. Plants provide a more natural way to breathe easier and eliminate toxins that could otherwise make a person ill in their homes. They have been proven to not only serve as wonderful lively décor but are providers of the oxygen and fresh air no human could live without.

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