Our modern lives full of convenience have some unintended consequences that can negatively impact your health. From home to work, most people spend the bulk of their time indoors. We breathe the same air repeatedly due to air conditioning, improved insulation, and energy efficiency that all restrict air exchange in buildings. Modern synthetic furniture, computers, electrical equipment, and daily home items like cleaning supplies can all create dangerous compounds. All of these factors combined are exacerbated because most buildings are almost airtight and are additionally made with construction materials that contain toxins. Toxic boxes filled with toxic objects, surrounded by toxic air. 🤢 All of these factors play a part in the well-known “sick building syndrome.” Symptoms include headaches, nausea, sore and itchy eyes, and lack of focus, all due to polluted indoor air from volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—chemicals which make up 90% of indoor air pollution. The VOCs most prevalent in our daily lives are benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethylene, toluene, and xylene.

NASA to the rescue! What does space have to do with indoor air pollution? In 1989, NASA discovered that houseplants absorb harmful toxins from the air, especially in the modern enclosed spaces we often find ourselves in such as our homes and offices. Not only are air purifying houseplants functional and effective, but they are beautiful and provide many mental health benefits. Air purifying plants such as Rubber Trees, Rojo Conjo, Ferns, Peperomias, Prayer Plants, Dragon Trees, and Pothos naturally filter and clean the air we breathe. Additionally, keeping plants in our spaces is shown to improve mood, boost productivity, enhance concentration, and reduce stress.

In honor of House Plant Appreciation Day on January 10th, we are offering the best deal of the season on our beautiful air purifying plants— buy one 10” plant or any two 6” plants and get a FREE 4” plant! 💚

This offer is an in-store exclusive for the month of January for those shopping at our Plantae + Fungi storefront in Cambria, CA!