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Role of Plants in Removing Indoor Air Pollutants

  • A. S. Pipal
  • A. Kumar
  • R. Jan
  • A. Taneja

Abstract

The quality of the indoor environment has become a major health consideration, since people spend 80–90 % of their time indoors. Research by a number of authors is reviewed here, demonstrating capacities of indoor plants to improve Indoor air quality. The studies show that plants can reduce indoor air pollutants by 75 % in different conditions. An evaluation of these studies done throughout the world clearly indicates that potted-plants can provide an efficient, self-regulating, low-cost, sustainable, bioremediation system for indoor air pollution, which can effectively compliment engineering measures to reduce indoor air pollution, and hence improve human wellbeing and productivity.

Keywords

Triple Bottom Line Sick Building Syndrome Staff Wellbeing Indoor Plant Trace Organic Pollutant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. S. Pipal
    • 1
  • A. Kumar
    • 1
  • R. Jan
    • 1
  • A. Taneja
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryDr. B. R. Ambedkar UniversityAgraIndia

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