Green Solutions to Poor Indoor Air Quality
Did you know that most people spend 90% of their time indoors? It's no secret that indoor air quality matters and it may be a major contributing factor as to why you feel lethargic and ill; you may have sick building syndrome. Sick building syndrome has no specific symptoms or causes, which may make it hard to pinpoint. It is comprised of a general feeling of ill health that increases with time spent in a certain building. Sick building syndrome plagues conventional office spaces and even your home.
In the 1980s, NASA began research on the possible use of household plants to create cleaner, fresher air in space stations. What they found was that some households plants are superstars at removing toxins and chemicals from the air you breathe. They comprised a list of these plants in the research they published in 1989.
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Indoor Air Pollution: A Global Epidemic
Air quality is an epidemic, but I bet you have never thought about pollution in your own home. The EPA claims that the level of toxicity inside your home is probably two to five times higher than that of the outside air. It seems that most people consider air pollution to be a big city problem. We're told to carpool, use public transportation, conserve energy in our homes, and choose environmentally responsible products--yet no one warns us that the bigger threat may be lurking in your own home.
Indoor air pollutants are harmful. Think about it, you're sitting around in them all day long; breathing in the chemicals you used to clean the counter or cover up the smell from your cat's litter box. Harmful chemicals can even come from a fresh coat of paint in your baby's nursery. Did you know that even candles and air fresheners contain harmful chemicals? How often do you truly think about how these chemicals may be adversely affecting your family's health?
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