Yesterday I was browsing around one of my favorite websites, TED.com, and watched an interesting video about how to improve environmental air quality to help with respiratory problems.
The gentleman in the video, Kamal Meattle, significantly improved his dwindling lung capacity through the use of plants. The video is only 4 minutes long and worth watching.
In the video he refers to a NASA study. The name of the study is Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement. You can read the 30 page study at your leisure as is available for download from the NASA website.
The improved air quality led to a reduction in eye irritations, respiratory problems and headaches. There was also a productivity increase of 20% and 15% reduction in energy requirements.
While the air quality benefits may not be as noticeable around the house since we’re able to open windows, it could do wonders in the sealed (and sick) office buildings.
If you work in such an office building, share this information with the necessary decision makers. In the meanwhile, encourage your co-workers to place a plant on their desks. It can’t hurt.