Plants Reduce Pollution 8X More Than Previously Thought

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In case you needed any more proof that those plants reduce pollution in your house, look no further.

A new report from the Environmental Science & Technology journal and discussed at Science Daily states that trees and bushes planted in cities reduce pollution levels way more than previously thought – eight times more, to be exact.

Levels of nitrogen dioxide and microscopic particulate matter are unsafe at street level, and previous studies showed that green plants cut levels down by 5 percent. The new study says that by carefully planning the placement of plants and grasses, these levels can be reduced by 40 to 60 percent. That’s an amazing difference and one that should encourage cities everywhere to plant more green plants!

Having plants throughout your home do the same thing but on a much smaller, local scale. Pollution levels outside the home, in cities, are much higher than they probably are in your home. So if plants can cut pollutant levels that much in a huge city, imagine what they can do for the air you breathe at home.

This weekend, do yourself a favor and pick up a few houseplants to help clean your air at home!

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