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The best house plants and eco-friendly products to clean the air in your home

When it comes to going green at home, no one knows better than our own Candice Batista. If you're looking to embrace some more eco-friendly alternatives in your house and improve the air quality in your home, she has all of the info you need!

Choose plants that reduce indoor air pollution

One of the best ways to improve air quality is to bring plants into your home. A few years ago, NASA did a huge study that looked at certain plants and how they actually help clear the air in your home. Plants are great and talking in certain nasties looming in the air, and acting like a purifying system, they then clean it and breath out oxygen. And luckily for us, some of the best air-cleaners are also the easiest to grow. 

Spider Plant

  • First plant sent into space by NASA
  • Removes up to 90% of toxins in the air by 2 days
  • Can help mediate dust allergies

The Snake Plant

  • Absorbs radiation from computers & phones
  • Removes CO2 & adds O2 to the air @ night (Great in bedrooms to improve sleep)
  • Very Low maintenance plant

Dracaena SPP

  • Available in a variety of sizes & colours
  • Very low maintenance
  • Excellent at removing benzene & formaldehyde (found in paints, varnishes, wall finishes, etc.)

Get a great air purifyer

The MinusA2 Room HEPA Air Purifier works to trap and reduce airborne bacteria, reduces pet dander and VOC’s, and it can be hung on the wall to save valuable floor space. You can also use it with WIFI and monitor the air quality of your home from wherever you are. 

Carpet materials matter

Synthetic carpets are made with glues and resins that can also off gas in the home. They also trap dust, dust mite droppings and pet dander. Opt for natural fibers like wool jute or sisal. What I love about them is the fact they are also made ethically by artisans groups around the world. So you are not only brining an eco-friendly item into your home, you are also supporting fair trade and its great to see large companies like West Elm offering this to consumer who want to shop more mindfully.

Featured products: AFM SafeCoat Paints  |  Colorhouse Paints  |  Homestead House Milk Paint and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint  |  Jute Boucle rug from West Elm  | Woven Geo rug from West Elm  |  MinusA2 Room HEPA Air Purifier