In this edition of Feng Shui Tips I’m sharing some useful advice for purifying the air in your home or office via the use of plants. Not only can plants bring a wonderful aesthetic quality to a room, but they can also act as a natural humidifier and help to remove all manner of toxins.
On a recent trip to Singapore in June, I was alarmed and dismayed to discover that this lovely city was covered in a thick haze of smoke. In fact at one point during my stay the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) soared to a record high of 371 as a result of illegal forest fires in nearby Sumatra.
It seems that during the annual dry season from June to September the farmers clear their land for palm oil cultivation by setting fire to the existing rain forest. Not only does this illegal activity result in air quality reaching hazardous levels in nearby countries such as Singapore and Malaysia, but it also wreaks terrible damage to the rainforests and their precious plants and wildlife and undeniably impacts on the overall health and well-being of our planet!
Whilst the Singapore and Indonesian governments continue to work together to solve this problem by promoting alternative and sustainable agricultural practices to farmers, we should also play a practical role in saving our planet and protecting ourselves by incorporating plants into both our living and working spaces.
In the late 1980’s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. As a result of this research they discovered various plants which filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and help to clean our indoor air, which shockingly is often more polluted than the outdoor air.
So why not pay a visit to your local nursery and do your bit to improve the air quality of your home and our planet by picking up a few of the following plants. I’m sure you will agree that it’s for a worthy cause.