Top five plants for cleaner air

With eight-hour work shifts keeping us inside for most of the day, it’s important to ensure that the air quality we spend most of our time in, is of a high standard. As you might have read in our blog post ‘Benefits of indoor plants for your office’ – this is something that indoor plants can help you achieve.

Plants essentially do the opposite of what we do when we breathe: release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This not only purifies the air, but also eliminates harmful toxins. Extensive research by NASA found that indoor office plants can remove up to 87% of air toxins in just 24 hours.

So now that we’ve established that office plants are great indoor air cleaners, it’s important to take note of which plants are the most effective at filtering out pollutants and other toxic chemicals in the air.

Below are some of the impressive benefits of indoor plants:

Improving Health:

Not only is the Peace Lily stunning to look at, it can also improve the indoor air quality of your office by as much as 60 percent. It helps to reduce the levels of mold spores that grow in your office, by absorbing these spores through its leaves and then circulating them to the plant’s roots, where they are used as food.


The Algaonema helps to improve the air quality of your office by filtering indoor pollutants and toxins, such as formaldehyde and benzene. Better yet, this gorgeous leafy indoor office plant emits high oxygen content, which assists in improving productivity and enriching your health and well-being.


Placing the weeping fig in your office can help filter out pollutants that typically accompany carpeting and furniture, such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.


While most plants provide you with benefits during your working day, the bromeliad plant does its work overnight. This flowering plant will rid the air of harmful toxins and emit pure oxygen, so that when you come back into the office the following morning, the air is cleaner, fresher and healthier, providing you with a more productive environment to work in.


Succulent Bowls are quite unique, as unlike most plants who stop photosynthesising overnight, succulents and cacti will continue releasing oxygen, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

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