Air Purifying Plants

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

The study found that plants are effective at filtering likes of benzene, ammonia and formaldehyde etc from the air, helping to neutralise effects of Sick Building Syndrome. They found certain tropical plants, which are commonly used as houseplants, are quite effective in removing formaldehyde, trichloroethane, benzene and other pollutants from air and replacing them with breathable oxygen.

Aside from serving as the perfect accent piece to beautify any living space, plants can also help to relief eye strain. In addition to improving air quality, having plants in your home can reduce stress levels which in turn helps you to sleep better.

What is Sick Building Syndrome?

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a name for a condition that’s thought to be caused by being in a building or other type of enclosed space. It’s attributed to poor indoor air quality. However, the precise cause is unknown.

Among the possible symptoms of SBS are:

throat irritation

breathing difficulties

tightness in the chest

runny nose

allergy-like symptoms, such as sneezing

burning sensations in the nose

dry, itchy skin




difficulty concentrating





body aches



The culprits behind SBS may include:

buildings with poor ventilation, such as schools, offices, and public spaces

high levels of dust

tobacco smoke

rooms with poor lighting

outdated computer displays that cause eye strain

the presence of mold or fungus

formaldehyde (mostly found in wood furniture and floors)

asbestos chemicals in the air from cleaning products


carbon monoxide

ozone from the use of printers and fax machines

high levels of stress at school or work

low workplace morale

heat or low humidity

noisy work environments

insect or animal droppings

Mia has an extensive collection of specially selected air-purifying plants that will improve the microclimate in any home, school or office. Everybody needs the purified air that these lovely houseplants produce.

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