India ranks among the top 10.
In what you ask?
India’s cities and town have the highest level of air pollution amongst the world’s top cities.
Sad shocking and totally disturbing.
This WHO REPORT in April 2016 had some shocking statistics.
Important facts about Indoor Air Pollution
Premature deaths due to indoor air pollution :
12% are due to pneumonia
34% from stroke
26% from ischaemic heart disease
22% from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
6% from lung cancer.
Western countries have indoor air quality guidelines .
It’s 20 microgram of particulate matter percubic meter.
In India it averages 375 microgram per cubic meter.
Burning of solid fuel contributes largely to this.
The section of society using biomass as fuel needs to behelped.For this we need Government help, subsidies.Thankfully it’s happening slowly but definitely happening.
But what about urban indoor air pollution?
Do you have any idea about what your home , office, shopping malls air contain?
Quality of indoor air affects children more often.
Asthma ,allergic rhinitis ,has reached shocking levels in children.
The MNCs are excited another opportunity to market their air purifiers to the starving, sick, low in oxygen brains.
But you have a much simpler solution !
This solution was always present.
Plant more trees .
Have balcony gardens.
Have more indoor plants.
Have window gardens
Have plants everywhere.
Plants are great indoor decor option
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Indoor Allergen Committee in a 2010 report recommended that allergists consider indoor air filtration to be part of a comprehensive strategy to improve respiratory health.
Indoor Plants are cheap, easy,pretty ,low maintenance solution to this serious problem.
How plants improve air quality?
Photosynthesis is the method by which plants produce oxygen.
It depends on the presence of Carbon dioxide, light and water molecules.
Indoor air plant have the wonderful property of producing oxygen even in low light conditions .
They also remove air pollutants like formaldehyde ,benzene, toluene(VOCs)
Some of these VOCs are potentially carcinogenic.
Read this article:Volatile Organic Compounds’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality
VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products used in homes including:
- paints, paint strippers and other solvents
- wood preservatives
- aerosol sprays
- cleansers and disinfectants
- moth repellents and air fresheners
- stored fuels and automotive products
- hobby supplies
- dry-cleaned clothing
VOCs evaporate into the air when these products are used or sometimes even when they are stored.
What effect does Volatile organic compounds have on your body?
- Irritate the eyes, nose and throat
- Causes headaches
- damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system.
- Some of them can even cause cancer.
These harmful chemicals are removed from indoor air by absorption through the stoma on leaves .
They are then broken down to simple chemical components which are harmless.
It’s strongly suspected to be potentially causing cancer in humans.
Plants can break it down to Carbon ,oxygen and hydrogen atoms and make it harmless.
Sources of formaldehyde at home:
- pressed woods
- some types of foam insulation
- paper products
- some paints and varnishes
- permanent-press fabrics
So how many plants per person is adequate to provide fresh air?
1 to 3 per 100 square feet is said to be adequate
So What kind of plants are best?
NASA report compiled an interesting list of plants.
- English Ivy(Hedera Helix)
- Golden Pothos
- Epipremnum aureum, also known as devil’s ivy: reduces air levels of benzene and trichloroethylene.
- Boston fern(Nephrolepis Exalta Bostoniensis)
Ferns had the highest formaldehyde-removal efficiency of all the plants tested, especiallyOsmunda japonica, commonly known as Japanese royal fern, or zenma
- Bamboo palm:removes benzene and trichloroethylene(Chamaedorea Elegans)
- Dragon tree: (Dracaena Marginata)removes xylene
- Peace Lily:Spathiphyllum
- Lady Palm:Rhapis Excelsa
- Spider Plant:Chlorophytum Comosum
- Snake Plant :Sansevieria Trifasciata
You can read a more detailed list of helpful indoor plants here.
What happens when you are not home?
That’s the biggest problem that stumps indoor gardeners.
Another problem with container gardening is providing optimal nutrition.
The good news I found a solution.
The Fairy tale story…..
The winner Jayabrata Bhaduri was one of the 4 entrepreneurs behind Capacloud a startup company.
They had a solution to increase green friendly biophilic designs
I was so excited I tracked down , this Bengali entrepreneur Jayabrata Bhaduri on Facebook.
Sent him a message and requested a meeting,to see how in the world did they do it.
Very kindly he arranged a meeting with their mentor and guide .
I turned up at the designated meeting place with my hubby ,who was by now quite shocked that he had agreed to meet a stranger in their home/laboratory about gardening.
Nothing to do with medicine.
But everything to do with health.Yes that was my winning argument.
The time spent at the laboratory/workshop and terrace garden was pure magic.
The extent and scope of their innovation was mind boggling!
Their winning idea….
Legostyle tiles(Ecotop) made of some special material(Top secret)
This tile is incorporated with special nutrients.
This tile can be placed on almost any surface ,to make growing green anywhere a distinct reality.
Experiments suggest they can provide a well balanced plant nutrition, through their special technology for upto 5 years.
Yes that’s true 5 years!
Image courtesy Capacloud
Vertical Gardening +Hydroponics+Something special=Capaclouds new innovation
Managing corporate orders is the top priority of the company right now .
But they are planning to bring it to the indoor gardeners in the very near future.
Totally excited about what’s going to happen with this wonderful product.
There upcoming project involves the United States Embassy in Kolkata .A young company already going places!
So how exactly Capacloud’s innovation, can revolutionize Urban gardening?
1) You can have improved air quality in
- Public places
- External walls
Image courtesy Capacloud
How many of you plant trees?
So what does plants do?
- Produce oxygen
- Absorb Carbon dioxide
- Removes volatile organic compounds : nitrogen dioxide, benzene,and formaldehyde & others.
- The plants remove all the poisons from air and make your air breathable.
So how exactly does increased oxygen improve your health?
- Improved cardiovascular health:Decreases diastolic Pressure and calms out sympathetic system which is responsible for psychological and physiological stress .
- Plants enhance job satisfaction in office workers
- Improve mood states =increased feeling of wellbeing.Helps stabilize mood.
- Enhance cognitive health
- Improves clarity of thought= more productivity
- Increased creativity=you have brilliant ideas
- Improve immunity and healing
I think it’s time you took back your lungs.
Do something for yourself. For the air you breathe.
For your children.
Its not about the future…its about the present.
The world you live in, is slowly being turned into a wasteland.
Air , water, soil ,sound pollution.
The critical balance between the different elements of our ecosystem is terribly distorted.
The possibility of this restored in the ecosystem is gradually decreased.
Honestly nobody is stopping, to think that only trees produce life saving oxygen.
You can live without internet, but how long can you live without breathing?
No life will be possible on earth without plants.
Artificial sources of oxygen is just that artificial and is only a temporary solution.
If all of you made your home green soon your city, country and eventually mother earth would be green again.
“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”
― Robert F. Kennedy