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Indoor Plants Improve Air Quality
Most Australians live in cities, where vehicle polluted outdoor air enters buildings and is further polluted, mostly by Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from furnishings, fittings and occupants. Trace amounts of over 300 VOCs have been identified in indoor air. A 1994 CSIRO review found that air inside homes could be 5 to 7 times more polluted than outside. Citydwellers spend 90% of their time indoors, so indoor air quality becomes a major health consideration.

Indoor pot plants help improve the quality of the indoor environment in the following ways:

1. The pot plant system removes VOCs from indoor air!
2. The system gets better on exposure to VOCs, and maintains performance with repeated doses.
3. From three to 10 times the maximum permitted Australian occupational indoor air concentrations of each compound can be removed within about 24 hours, under light or dark conditions, without saturating the system.
Research at the University of Technology, Sydney, has shown that indoor pot plants improve air quality.
4. The pot plant system can also remove very low residual VOC concentrations as well.
5. This is apparently a general plant-potting mix phenomenon. That is, it can be expected with any plant species.
6. It is the micro-organisms of the potting mix which are the ‘rapid response agents’ in VOC removal.
7. But the plants are also directly involved. Different species develop unique soil microflora around their roots, producing a species-specific symbiotic microcosm for growth. Plants sometimes expend from 25 to 45% of the net photosynthetic product of their leaves, via their roots, to keep the microbes growing!
Source: Innovative Plant Technology  
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