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Using Houseplants to Clean Indoor Air

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Title: Using Houseplants to Clean Indoor Air
Authors: Kobayashi, Kent D.
Kaufman, Andrew J.
Griffis, John
McConnell, James
Keywords: air pollution
house plants
indoor environmental quality
pollution control
Issue Date: Dec 2007
Publisher: University of Hawaii
Citation: Kobayashi KD, Kaufman AJ, Griffis J, McConnell J. 2007. Using houseplants to clean indoor air. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii. 7 p. (Ornamentals and Flowers; OF-39).
Series/Report no.: Ornamentals and Flowers
Abstract: Indoor air pollution results from the release of chemical vapors and the suspension in the air of particulates such as dust and microorganisms. There are various ways to reduce indoor air pollution and improve air quality. Increasing ventilation and air exchange with the outside will help prevent the accumulation or reduce the amount of air pollutants indoors. Plants absorb volatile organic compounds from the air into their leaves and then translocate them to their root zone, where microbes break them down. While houseplants are not a “total solution” to improving indoor air quality, they should not be overlooked as an aid in creating interior spaces conducive to the health of those who occupy them.
Pages/Duration: 7 pages
Appears in Collections:Ornamentals and Flowers, 1995 - present

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