Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day This Year with These Mighty Houseplants

This year celebrate Earth Day with a houseplant that keeps giving all year. Houseplants may be thought of as décor accents; however they’re far more than pretty faces.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, where air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. You can easily cut down the indoor pollution of your home using houseplants, as certain kinds can remove VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from indoor air. And this is just one of the many benefits of houseplants!

Reap the full power of plants this Earth Day by adding houseplants to indoor spaces where you work and live. Below, the houseplant experts at Costa Farms® outline the 5 best plants to scrub the air, de-stress areas and keep homes and office spaces beautiful!

Peace Lily

Peace lilies are common, easy to care for houseplants—and powerful, too. With their broad, green leaves and charming, white calla-like flowers, the peace lily topped NASA’s list for removing three of the most common VOCs.


Orchids offer classic, timeless beauty, and are not the drama queens some people think. In fact, Costa Farms’ Orchids are easy to grow and show off gorgeous blooms for weeks, or even months.

As radiant orchid is Pantone’s Color of the Year, orchids are a big trend in indoor design. Plus, they rid the air of xylene, a pollutant found in many glues and paints.



Anthuriums bear heart-shaped red flowers and leaves, complemented with standing-at-attention yellow centers, like little exclamation points. The blooms last for weeks. Also known as the flamingo flower, this colorful houseplants’ dark leaves also suck up a multitude of common VOCs.


Ferns’ lacy, exuberant leaves catch attention in any space, and best of all, ferns are some of the easiest houseplants to care for. They add instant texture and color to a room, and their leaves also rid the air of common indoor pollutants such as toulene and xylene, found in many paints, nail polishes and glues.


ZZ Plant

ZZ plant, also part of Costa Farms’ Plants of Steel collection, excels in nearly any location, even dark corners of offices and homes. Its shiny, dark-green leaves also clean the air of common air pollutants to keep indoor air clean as can be.

Through the month of April, kids and families can make every day an Earth Day. Look for Costa Farms’ ‘O2 for You’ Plant Party houseplants in kid-friendly containers that come with Let’s Have a Party sticker books. They’re ready for kids of all ages to personalize. Choose from more than 10 varieties of Plant Party houseplants, available at your nearest home improvement centers and mass merchandisers. From snake plants to ferns, these little green heroes bring a little green into your home all year.

Learn more about how houseplants clean air here: