Household Toxins and the Benefits of Houseplants

March 27, 2017

HOUSEHOLD TOXINS AND THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOUSEPLANTS

Not only can indoor plants be aesthetically pleasing, they’re also great for your health. There are many benefits of having indoor plants, from clearing toxins and pollutants, to creating a calming environment and an increase in productivity. There are three main types of household toxins. They are: benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. These toxins are produced in the production of synthetic materials, and are often produced from these new materials for some time. Some new items of furniture are coated with polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDE’s) which are a class of flame retardant chemicals notorious for emitting toxins into the air for years after manufacture. Other toxins or toxic compounds around the home can include: mould, lead, radon, bisphenol A, Triclosan, carbon monoxide, perfluorinated chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), and phthalates. These toxins live in walls, air fresheners, paints, varnishes, fabric softeners, carpets, couch cushions, baby products, household cleaning products, deodorants, candles, vinyl, non-stick pans, Teflon, insulation, and many more seemingly harmless items. Studies suggest that the indoor areas where we spend most of our time may be 2 – 5 times more polluted than outdoors. Exposure to household toxins causes a variety of health concerns, in