How to Grow Fresh Air

Increase Workspace Productivity and Health with Living Plants

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"Three common green plants can help you grow all the fresh air you need to keep you healthy," says Kamal Meattle, guest speaker at a recent TED Talk.

Working with a team from IIT Delhi and from NASA research, he found a way to drastically improve the air quality at his 50,000 sq. ft. office complex in Delhi, India - using a water tank, UCV light, and three types of common indoor plants.

  • First, passing the air through a water tank dissolves the water-soluble pollutants in the air.
  • Then the air is passed through UV light to kill bacteria.
  • This air then goes to the greenhouse, which further filters the air and also converts the CO2 into oxygen. There are 1200 plants for the building’s 300 occupants.

Result: a dramatic lowering of C02 and all other pollutants throughout the day.

Better Health

Research shows a 42% probability of a person’s blood oxygen going up by 1% if hey stay indoors in this building for 10 hours.

One study by the Government of India ( found that workers in the office complex had fewer health problems, including:

  • Eye irritation reduced by 52%
  • Respiratory symptoms down by 34%
  • Headaches reduced by 24%

Higher Productivity and Less Energy Consumption

There was also amazing increase in human productivity – over 20%. And the energy consumption for the building went down by 15%, because of the cleaner air.

The Magic Plants

The three plants Kamal used to help work this magic are:

  • Areca Palm(Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) - Removes CO2 and converts it into oxygen.
  • Mother-in-Law's Tongue(Sansevieria Trifasciata) - "Bedroom plant" – converts CO2 into oxygen at night.
  • Golden Pothos(Epipremnum Aureum) - Removes formaldehydes and other volatile chemicals.

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Interior Plantscapes: We Provide Fresh Air!

We knew we were on the right track! See our own photos of these same "fresh air plants" below. We use them every day to enhance buildings here in the Upstate.

Give us a call at Interior Plantscapes. We transform buildings with living plants – delivering proven benefits of productivity, health, and beauty.

Sanseverial Laurentii

Golden Pothos

The Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens)