The ANDREA Air Filter, introduced in November 2009 by inventors Mathieu Lehanneur, French Designer and Harvard Professor, David Edward, highlights the eco-power of common houseplants to clean the air inside your home.

The chemicals in the air can be absorbed and transformed by the plant’s leaves and roots. Some plants are more efficient than others. Studies are demonstrating that just one potted plant per 100 square feet of floor space can help minimize the pollution in an average home or office. If you add more specific plants a better job can be done.

What are some of the toxic chemicals found in any modern home? The following is a list of just two chemicals and the common plants that have been found to help create a healthier home or office environment.

1. Benzene, which is commonly found in pesticides, carpet glues, varnishes and paint. The following plants can be used to reduce its toxic effect.

Peace lily, (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)

Red-edged dracaena, (Dracaena marginata)

Madagascar Dragon Tree, (Dracaena marginata)

Gerbera Daisy, (Gerbera jamesonii)

Chrysanthemum, (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Mother-in-law’s Tongue, (Sansevieria trifasciata “Laurentii)

Bamboo Palm, (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

2. Formaldehyde, which is commonly found in glue, carpets and plywood building materials. The following plants help to reduce its presence.

Bromeliad, (Aechmea fasciata)

Aloe, (Aloe vera)

Selloum philodendron, (Philodendron bipinnatifidum,

Elephant ear philodendron,(Philodendron domesticum)

Spider Plant, (Chlorophytum elatum)

Orchid, (Dendrobium)

Poinsettia, (Euphorbia pulcherima)

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