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breathe easy: 5 pretty houseplants that improve air quality

breathe easy: 5 pretty houseplants that improve air quality

It should come as no surprise to anyone that we’re big fans of all things green over here at Tata Harper, and when it comes to interior design, the greener the better. With Earth Month now well under way, we’re looking for fun and easy ways to green up our lives, from conscious shopping with our new Toxic Ten cheat sheet, to breathing a hearty dose of fresh air into our every day.

Not only do houseplants lend a chic and homey feel to any interior, but many actually improve air quality by removing harmful toxins, as well as increasing humidity and oxygen levels. Check out a few of our favorites below! (Photo via In Honor of Design)

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1. Spider Plant: As one of the most popular and commonly found indoor plants, Spider Plants not only are easy to care for, but also work as a natural filter for absorbing harmful elements like mold and other allergens from the air. In fact, a study made by NASA in the late 1980’s called the Clean Air Study proved that Spider Plant’s are also an affective means of removing traces of Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide, and Amonnia from the air. (Photo via Homedit)

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2. Aloe Vera: We’re all familiar with the incredible healing effects that aloe has on cuts and burns, but what many don’t know is that it also removes Benzene from the air, which can be found in many chemical cleaners and paints. Plus, Aloe Vera plants are almost foolproof for anyone who doesn’t possess a green thumb, making them one of the easiest plants to care for, with the most benefits! (Photo via First Mate Photo)

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3. Philodendron: Known for their beautiful flowering leaves and bold appearance, Philodendron’s not only make a statement in any interior, but also absorb high levels of Formaldehyde from the air. Unfortunately, since they soak up large volumes of harmful toxins, this also makes them poisonous to consume, so be sure to keep them out of reach from children or pets! (Photo via Mango & Salt)

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4. Fiddle Leaf Fig: Fiddle Leaf Fig’s are cropping up all over the interior design scene lately, making them one of the most photogenic and popular indoor plants around. And not only are they aesthetically appealing, but they’re also wonderful for improving air quality by providing high levels of oxygen and cleaning the air of allergens. (Photo via Nicole Baas Photography)

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5. Peace Lily: At the top of NASA’s list of all around do-gooder greens is the Peace Lily. Not only are they easy on the eyes, but they’re also powerhouses when it comes to detoxifying the air of Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, and Ammonia. Place them in your bedroom to reap the benefits of these toxin-destroying botanicals. (Photo via HGTV)

How are you detoxifying your life this month?

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