Whether you live in a metro or a tier-2 city in India, our cities are fast running out of space. Large residential and commercial facilities are built in a matter of months, and roadways are converted into concrete pathways of pollution-emitting mayhem. Gardens and green spaces are becoming harder to find. Rapid urban development is critical for businesses to grow and prosper, yet our health is taking a serious battering.
According to a recent World Health Organization report on air pollution, a large number of cities in India have higher than acceptable pollution levels. To keep yourself from being exposed to these high levels of pollutants, you seal yourself indoors with air conditioning units working full time.
Sealing yourself within the confines of your building, however, does not protect you from air pollution. An article in the Indian Journal of community Medicine rates indoor air pollution as much as 10 times more harmful than outdoor air pollution. In other words, you are none the wiser to be seated comfortably in your cubicle shrouded from smoke-filled exteriors. Unless of course, you’ve taken the intelligent decision to lock yourself in with your best friends – plants!
In our last blog, we showed you how bringing plants indoors can help restore pure, breathable air inside our office spaces. Most of us believe we know how it works: human beings breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, while plants consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. And since this entire process – called photosynthesis – takes place in the leaves of a plant, the leaves must be the primary air purifiers of our surroundings. Fairly straightforward, right?Not really.
It took a research study by NASA to open our eyes to the reality.
In 1989, NASA conducted an experiment to check the feasibility of using plants to control indoor air pollution in closed environments such as sealed space habitats. The results of that experiment showed that impurities in the air such as pathogenic viruses, bacteria, as well as certain harmful volatile organic compounds are broken down in the roots of the plant. Though the leaves play a role in using up the carbon dioxide in the surrounding air, critically, it is the root and its associated microorganisms that areconcerned with air purification.
It was this finding that inspired our experts to create a natural air purification system that can be incorporated seamlessly in indoor spaces of varying sizes. Our system works by circulating indoor air over plants and their roots to break down the pollutants in the air into nutrients for the plant. As such, the unit is largely self-sustaining and offers a high degree of purification efficiency, thanks largely to the microorganisms present in the plant’s roots.
Our green walls or vertical gardens, in essence, work like a biofilters that not only remove all the harmful impurities from the indoor air, but also convert it into food for the plant – the benefits of bringing Vriksh and Vayu together are plentiful!
A single experiment conducted by NASAhas changed the way we think about indoor air purifiers. Call us today if you’re looking to incorporate indoor plants that use state-of-the-art technology to improve the quality of air in your surroundings. Our experts will visit your facility at your convenience tohelp you make the best decision of your life!