While we all dread the dramatic increase in energy costs during the summer, and watching the clock for SRP off peak hours to get all the laundry done; there are some invisible goblins lurking in your home that you should be aware of in efforts to keep your family healthy and happy this summer: indoor air pollution.
Did you know that normal household activities like air conditioning, cooking, and cleaning could be posing dangers for you and your loved ones? In recent years, comparative risk studies performed by the EPA and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health. No matter how bad we would love to use this as an excuse to strike from the household chores we all know that is not going to happen. But I have good news . . . You can fight these little monsters and make your home look fabulous while doing it. How you ask? With Flower Power!
Common household plants such as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue are inexpensive, ecologically wise, and efficient at absorbing air toxins that may be responsible for health problems from sore throats to even cancer. Plants will reduce levels of carbon dioxide, increase relative humidity, reduce airborne dust levels (bonus for the ardent duster) and reduce levels of certain common
interior pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene and nitrogen dioxide. And can you believe that the whole time you thought the love between you and the fun-loved Gerbera Daisy (pictured) was a one way street she was loving you back the whole time? By being quite efficient in purifying your interior air — She likes us, she really really likes us!
In efforts to reduce your indoor air pollution this summer, please also take this opportunity to support local business and shop local family-owned nurseries like, Harper’s Nursery in Scottsdale . . . be sure to ask about their Garden Club. In efforts to make your plant/flower shopping a little easier here are the TOP TEN PLANTS for removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air:
1. Gerbera Daisy
2. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
3. Pot Mum
4. Peace Lily
6. Bamboo Palm
7. Chinese Evergreen
8. English Ivy
9. Janet Craig
So this summer add more plants to your home for a healthier life and loads of foliage friendship.
Good luck, think green, and strive make a difference in the world every day!
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Stephanie Lee lives in Chandler with her husband Jason and daughter, Sophia (A.K.A. Miss Bébé EcoPosh). Before she was pregnant she never felt the need to “save the planet” but now things have changed; and Stephanie now understands the importance green living has on our planet, society, and families. Realizing the importance of this lifestyle makeover, she is determined to help parents discover that you can love our earth and your baby without sacrificing your impeccably posh style!
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