‘O2 for You’: Houseplants with a Purpose, on September 15-21, 2013!
This week-long initiative was created to raise consumer awareness on the value and benefits of live indoor houseplants.
Event founder Mark Martin from Interior Tropical Gardens says, “We like to say that the ‘oxygen arrives when the plants do.’”
‘O2 for You’: Houseplants with a Purpose
has been spreading awareness since 2008 on how live houseplants can
cleanse indoor air from chemical pollutants (volatile organic compounds)
emitted from products and materials found in homes and offices. Check
out where it all began in NYC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0V1w-NnCKbI.
Besides removing carbon dioxide and giving back oxygen, emerging
research indicates that certain varieties of indoor houseplants work
best to help cleanse interior spaces of indoor pollutants and improve
productivity in offices where we spend most of our day.
Plus, studies from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
have found that levels of indoor air pollution can be two to five times
higher - and in some cases 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. And
since most of us spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, these
findings are particularly alarming.
During National Indoor Plant Week and throughout the month of
September, look for varieties such as peace lilies, ferns and spider
plants with ‘O2 for You’ plant tags at your local retailer and reap the
benefits of these hardworking plants.
Throughout the week, people are encouraged to use social media to
share messages about the many benefits of indoor plants and how they not
only cleanse our indoor spaces but help reduce stress, as they brighten
up any room with beautiful foliage and color.
For more information on National Indoor Plant Week, visit http://www.nationalindoorplantweek.com. To learn more about ‘O2 for You’: Houseplants with a Purpose, visit http://www.o2foryou.org.