How To Grow Fresh Air

The Clean Air Act has helped reduced pollution, but clearly more clean up needs to be done.  In April 2011, the American Lung Association’s State of The Air Report shows that Riverside County has received yet another ‘F’ on air quality despite improvements.

According the 2011 State of the Air Report, Riverside County is among worst in ozone pollution, among the second worst in year-round particle pollution, and among the fourth worst in short-term particle pollution.

After moving into a new home I was plagued with headaches.  I believe it was from the off gassing of the new materials.  To deal with this I researched air purifiers.  A friend came across a study NASA did on air quality which led me to “How to Grow Fresh Air” by B. C. Wolverton.  It is available at the Riverside County Library System.

The book is about air pollution that NASA astronauts had to cope with and their solution.   One part of their solution was to test hardy houseplants in their ability to clean air.   This book gives a 50 best plants list.   The plants are listed by their hardiness and by what air-borne contaminants they are especially effective at removing.

Isn’t that refreshing (pun intended) to know you have a little control over the air you breath?

By the way, the book recommends one plant per 100 square feet.   That is one plant per 10 foot by 10 foot room.   So if you have a 1,600 square foot home than you want to have 16 plants.    I found my plants for free by learning how to propagate the plants I wanted.  There are plenty of plant propagation books available at the library.  It was easy to find friends with these plants and it is easy to ask for plant clippings on Hemet Freecycle.

Additional Resources

  • – Debra Lynn Dadd has been researching and writing about how toxic chemicals affect our health and how to make safer choices as consumers for more than twenty-five years.  Her site is full of useful information for you to understand what non-toxic choices.
  • – “The air inside your home may be as much as 10 times more polluted than the outside air. Today most people will spend as much as 90 percent of their lives indoors. As people spend more time indoors there has been an increase in the number and severity of allergic reactions and other chronic illnesses.”

About Hemet Sunshine

I am a homeschooling mom living in Hemet, California. I am interested in building a better community for the ones I love.
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