Improve your indoor air quality by growing houseplants
I am really interested in plants, and have a large collection of succulents, tropical plants and ferns at home. I like how they look, but also noticed that these plants make the air smell 'fresher'.
Everyone knows that plants make oxygen, but why do they make the air smell so delicious? After reading about the NASA Clean Air Study I discovered that plants also filter out all sorts of nasty pollutants and carcinogens from the air.
This is so important if you live in a big city like London, so I decided to develop a publication that explained which indoor plants remove the most toxins and how to care for them. I also selected plants that I knew to be extremely easy to look after.
The damaging effect of poor indoor air quality on human health needs more attention. These nasty chemicals come out of your furniture, your carpets, from mould and cleaning products, and paint, and then they mix with the polluted air from outside. These toxins can cause mild problems, like headaches and nausea, as well as more extreme issues, like auto-immune disorders and cancer.
These are some examples of watercolour, and colour pencil studies I did of my house plants. I usually clean up or edit my illustrations digitally.
But, with the right selection of indoor plants the air can be completely filtered. There are a few dozen super filterers but I decided to keep the message simple, and chose a 'special seven'. Seven house plants that I know to be very easy to care for.
Ultimately I decided on a small pamphlet, printed on recycled paper that could sit well on a plant nursery's shop counter. I used a clean, san-serif type face, along with simple, yet colourful illustrations.
The pamphlet has a nice feel in the hands, and fits snuggly in the palm. The message is supposed to be simple and empowering. Improve your room and improve your health with indoor plants.