We like the majority of our Earth Day Tips to be low cost or no cost, but still have a big impact. Earth Day Tip #4 is no exception and can actually make a bigger impact on you and the planet than you may think. Tip 4 is Bring Some Green Inside.
We mean this in the form of growing a small plant or plants in you house. This tip focuses on your “mini environment” as we tend to spend much more time indoors than out these days. Many studies have shown that the air in our homes is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoors and many times even more.
Cleans The Air In You Home
On of the first list of air filtering plants was compiled by NASA as part of the NASA Clean Air Study,which researched ways to clean air in space stations. As well as absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, as all plants do, these plants also eliminate significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene. This can be especially helpful in today’s age where toxic “air fresheners” & pungent laundry products are pushed more and more. You can read more about this at http://www.nasa.gov/
If you’re looking for something a little bit more intriguing than a houseplant, try planting some fresh herbs that you can then use to spice up everyday meals. Basil, Thyme and Dill are some popular choices and have some great fresh clean smells.
Positive Psychology Of The Color Green
In addition to the air benefits, you can also improve your home environment in a positive psychological way too. Green is nature’s color. It is restful, soothing, cheerful and health giving. It symbolizes nature and the natural world and also is associated with tranquility and good luck. It is also said that the color green promotes stress relief and an overall calming effect. I don’t know about you but all those sound good to me!
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