Good indoor plants for Smokers

Indoor plants for cleaner air

Gerbera daisies are good for removing benzene and trichlorethylene from indoor air.
An example showing peace lilies used in a shopping mall to improve air quality.
The office buildings, condominiums and homes of today are all very energy efficient, tightly sealed pollution traps. Scientists are now calling this "Sick Building Syndrome." Many dangerous vapours occupy these places, emitted by building materials, cleaning solvents, furniture, carpeting, copying machines, second hand smoke, etc.

Studies done by NASA and the Foliage for Clean Air Council are finding that plants have incredible air cleansing abilities in the home or office. Dr. Bill Wolverton, a retired NASA research scientist, believes that eight to 15 plants in an average size home will significantly improve air quality. The plants take in the harmful molecules, process them, and release fresh air.

By improving the quality of air in the office, employees will feel and perform better. Most symptoms of sick building syndrome (indoor air pollution) are similar to allergy symptoms at first, but can lead to much severe problems. With the installation of plants, these symptoms will subside. Buildings that have natural ventilation and high numbers of microorganisms (associated with sickness) have less employee health problems than buildings with mechanical ventilation and low microorganisms. Therefore, it's not microorganisms in the majority of cases, which cause employee absenteeism.

Some of the vapours are very dangerous and toxic. The NASA research team has found at any one time, up to 107 different toxins or gases in the air we breathe indoors. Following is a description of three of the most common chemicals found. These chemicals are greatly reduced by plant introduction.

Trichlorethylene (TCE)
Trichlorethylene is a potent liver carcinogen. It is found in the metal degreasing and dry cleaning industries, in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes and adhesives.

Benzene
This chemical has long since been known to cause skin and eye irritation. It can also cause dizziness, nausea, headaches, and loss of appetite, blurred vision, respiratory diseases, irregular heart beat, tremors, liver and kidney damage, paralysis and unconsciousness. Benzene is found in gasoline, inks, oils, paints, plastics, rubber, detergents, explosives and pharmaceuticals.

Formaldehyde
This chemical will cause irritation to the upper respiratory tract (nose and throat) and eyes. It irritates mucous membranes and can cause dermatitis. Formaldehyde is used in foam insulation, particleboard and pressed wood, grocery bags, paper towels, facial tissues and waxed paper. Most products which require a resin to produce it will probably have formaldehyde. Some plants appear to cleanse the air more efficiently than others do.

Dealing with indoor pollution
With each plant, we are providing you its light requirements and a list of the pollutants in the order they cleanse the air.


420 friendly landlords?

2004-12-03 20:53:17 by flynntech

Here is an unconventional inquiry for housing in the Boston area:
Anyone 420 friendly? By this I don't mean running a shady distribution ring out of my apt. Far from it, I'd like to harvest some indoor homegrown!
Don't worry about me, besides this I'm a good honest citizen. I probably wouldn't sell it on the street. I might stash it away and tear it up with the bong under the vent fan in the bathroom on a rainy day.
If electricity is paid for, even better! Don't worry, I'll use the latest in power management technology and only the most effiecient lighting. I'll keep it under 2,000,000 kw/ hours per month


The real questions?

2003-01-27 17:17:05 by ontrail

Ok, it dosn't seem like you got a good answer to your question so here's some info. First off you have to figure on what type of space your lighting. If you have over 5-7 lettuce plants you are probably going to want a different light. Unless you just doing this to see what happens but if you really want some lettuce you will have to get a 250 watt or 400 watt balast(depending on the size of your space). There are full spectrum grow florecents and you can get those at pretty much any hardware store. For the bigger indoor grow stuff, Berkeley indoor grow supplies is good. As for the stink


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