Delhi has been increasingly associated as one of the most polluted cities in the world and for some good reasons. The air quality in Delhi has stooped down to the lowest margins in the last few years, with clear signs of smog, higher temperature and high mortality rate.
Globalization, an increase in the population, deforestation, industrial expansion, and an increase in automobiles are attributed as the reasons for the decline in air quality.
Air pollution kills close to 1.5 million people in India every year and the national capital has one of the highest reported cases of deaths.
While the government is doing their best to come up with measures, we do not have to be mute spectators and silently suffocate. There is growing initiative among Delhiites to do their part by planting oxygen-friendly plants within the confines of their homes. We can do our own part in helping to purify the air and our surroundings.
Here are a few indoor air purifying plants you can grow to help purify the air at home, for your benefit and the good of the city.
1. Aloe Vera
This cacti is easy to grow, requires minimum care, purifies the air and is known to be a universal healer. It absorbs benzene and formaldehyde that pollutes the air. Besides, the gel produced inside the plant can heal wounds, scars and burns and if consumed, boost your immunity levels. It is one of the most friendly house plants you can grow.
2. Golden Pothos or Devil’s Ivy
It is common to see these plants adorning houses and office spaces as a decorative piece. However, the Golden Pothos is known to get rid of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide and other air pollutants. It can survive under tough conditions and is easy to maintain. Besides, it can add to the ambiance of your home.
3. Boston Fern
Among the easiest house plants to grow, the Boston Fern is known to be a natural air purifier. It sucks in formaldehyde and other air pollutants. In fact, NASA has listed Boston Fern as one of the most efficient house plants because of its air purifying abilities.
4. Weeping Fig or Ficus
The Weeping Fig is one of the more recent additions to the list of air purifying house plants. It doesn’t need a lot of care, nor light. It is also a known fighter against pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
5. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) NASA says that one Peace Lily in a 100 sq ft space can effectively and efficiently clean the air from most pollutants. It can remove polluting agents such as benzene, acetone, trichloroethylene, methyl alcohol, xylene, ammonia, ethyl acetate and many more. This can be a life saver in a city like Delhi as its absorption level of toxic air is very high and so is its conversion to oxygen.
6. Laurentii or Snake Plant
With leaf pattern resembling that of a snakeskin, the Snake Plant is one of the top air purifiers out there. According to NASA, the Snake Plant can clean up over a hundred known air pollutants, including some of the most dangerous impurities such as benzene, nitrogen and carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and more.
7. Chinese Evergreen
If only the Chinese had used Chinese Evergreen in Beijing! According to many Asian customs and traditions, the Chinese Evergreen is said to bring luck to its owners. With this house plant, you get much more than just luck, as it is effective in removal of toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde from an indoor space.
8. Red-Edged Dracaena
Also known as the Dracaena marginata, the Red-edged Dracaena is both beautiful and a life saver as well. With minimum care needed, the plant will blossom and beautify your home, all while cleaning the air off of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and much more. This house plant can reach the roof of your house if allowed to bloom fully, but this isn’t a concern as it requires minimum space.
9. English Ivy (Hedera Helix) English Ivy can help your home say goodbye to air impurities and needs very little maintenance. With just over 3 hours of sunlight a day, this house plant diminishes the presence of formaldehyde in the air.
A Worthy Inclusion- Bamboo Palm
You would normally see this plant around restaurants and eateries, and for good reason too. It is one of the highest killers of trichloroethylene, benzene and xylene. They also have a soothing appearance that can boost the look of your living space and does not need much attention or maintenance.
Take the first step towards a cleaner and healthier approach to tackle the extensive pollution in Delhi. Buying house plants hardly takes much of your time and effort, and it can do wonders for you, your family, your home and your city.