Each school student learns early on that plants have the capability to “breathe” in carbon dioxide and then “breathe” out oxygen. That is a simple description of photosynthesis, which is the essential basis of most of life on earth. If it were not for plants, there would be no oxygen in our air for us to breath.
What might surprise readers is that there are a group of absorbing plants that have the capability to purify a range of toxic air borne chemicals such as carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, and even arsenic.
For example, current biological studies have found that ferns are exceptionally effective in extracting arsenic from the ecosystem. It has been determined that, in areas which have been exposed to arsenic through industrial pollution, the arsenic fixing abilities of ferns could be as effective as the more conventional hazmat protocols. Conventional hazmat procedures need massive earth moving machines and the extraction of tons of dirt to be conveyed to authorized hazardous chemical treatment facilities or landfills.
A NASA research study arrived at the conclusion that philodendrons, pothos, and spider plants are exceptional purifiers for formaldehyde, and mums and gerbera daisies have the capability to extract benzene from the ecosystem.
When used in combination with some of the other Chemical-Free Cleaning air filtration and sanitization processes, these chemical absorbing plants could assist to make an indoor environment both clean and safe in any commercial or residential structure.