Indoor Air Pollution

We mostly think the carbon emissions and the wastes from industries as the source of air pollution. But, most of our daily needs items are a cause of air pollution as they release many harmful chemicals into the air, belonging to a class of compounds called volatile organic compounds or VOCs.

VOCs are the vapors or gases released from certain solids or gases, mainly the derivatives of petroleum and other fossil products. It has been found out that the concentration of VOCs in indoor air is much higher than that in outdoor air. These compounds easily evaporate and so, they remain suspended in the air, react with other gases like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide etc forming many lung irritating fine particulates in air. They also form ozone. The same ozone layer of stratosphere which protects us from UV rays becomes poisonous at ground level as it reacts with other particulates and gives rise to harmful chemical smog. Thus, in all these ways VOCs come out to be deadly.

VOC’s major sources are petroleum and other fossil products but, they are also released by a wide number of daily household products, briefly discussed as follows:

The chemical vapors of formaldehyde (mutagen and carcinogen), benzene (which is carcinogen) and trichloroethylene are released by household cleaners and paints.

The sweet smelling perfumes and deodorants also emit many lung irritating particulates.

The newly formed furnitures and cabinet.

Combustion of fuel, woods and coals produce major of VOCs.

Some other sources are shampoo, hairspray, air fresheners, cleaning sprays, laundry detergent, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer.

So, want a clean indoor air?? Say Yes to Plants!!! Here’s how they help!!!

Plants purify the indoor air through a mechanism called phytoremediation, in which the VOC’s are utilized by the plant tissues and roots and transported to the microorganisms present in the soil and in association with plant roots to be metabolized.
Plants also remove harmful ozone from the ground air.
These plants have greater ability to use the sunlight for their metabolism as they belong to the tropical rainforest, where they have to compete for the sunlight among the forest canopy.

Although all the plants have ability of air purification but the few plants, mostly herbs very effective in purification of indoor air are listed below with their scientific names:

Dwarf banana- Musa cavendishii.
Chrysanthemum- Chrysantheium morifolium

Bamboo palm- Chamaedorea seifrizii.
Weeping fig- Ficus benjamina.
English ivy- Hedera helix.
Peace lily- Spathiphyllum.
Species of philodendron- Philodendron sp.
Aloe vera- Aloe barbadensis.

The research of NASA scientists suggested that about 15-18 medium size plants for a house of 1800 to 2000 square ft is efficient for removing indoor air pollutants. Moreover, if the lower leaves of plants are removed, making the soil more exposed to air improve the purification process.

Besides these herbs, we can also opt for the herbal environment friendly and chemicals free products for daily needs. Now a days herbal products are much preferred.

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Coexistence of Humans and Nature

Today I am with an amazing article on the relation between nature and human beings instead of some pictures…

When I randomly ask you about the most fascinating thing of your life, it will not be a social media post or any movie (I am not against them I mean to say reality is more amazing than the virtual world) but, it will surely be something related to nature like, when you first hiked a mountain, when you first saw a waterfall, snow-covered peaks, the beautiful sea waves and many more…so, we all have felt close to nature atleast a time or several many times or everytime…

Even the psychological studies have proved that human beings are really close to nature and the natural environment in which they live has a lot to do with human psychology.

So, they called the branch dealing with this as environmental psychology or ecopsychology…

This branch was introduced on the basis of a research publication by Proshansky and group in 1958 at the University of New York.

As per the need of time when nature’s extreme exploitation by humans has led to change in climatic conditions, loss of habitats of rare and extinct animals, ecosystem imbalance, ecopsychology can be a medium towards sustainable development. It will lead to a healthy relationship between nature and human.

๐Ÿ“Œ When we will step out of our homes and see the wonders of nature, we will desire to protect them too…

๐Ÿ“Œ We will appreciate the beautiful things nature has to give…

๐Ÿ“Œ When we will look at the trees, we will develop a lot of gratitude as they keep our surroundings so peaceful…

๐Ÿ“Œ When it rains, we all love that pleasant petrichor smell and the sounds of raindrops falling around that will urge us to be more environment friendly to keep favourable climatic conditions…

๐Ÿ“Œ When we spend time outside, we are more aware of what we see, what we hear, what we smell and what we feel thus, enhancing our senses…

๐Ÿ“Œ A study of cognitive benefits of nature concluded that the people walking in a natural environment had a better memory than that of those in urban areas (Berman, Jonides, Kaplan, 2008).

๐Ÿ“Œ Research has shown that people who practice forest bathing have optimum nervous system functions, well-balanced heart conditions and reduced bowel disorders.

๐Ÿ“Œ Engaging oneself in outdoor areas reduces eyesight disorders such as hypermetropia and myopia…

๐Ÿ“Œ The greenery around gives freshness and calmness.

๐Ÿ“Œ Even many of the hospitals treat patients in a natural environment for better recovery rates.

๐Ÿ“Œ When the chemically prepared medicines have failed to treat a disease, Indian Ayurveda system has discovered the cure to many ailments, which is totally based on natural products and meditation.

Lastly, I would like to say that nature has a lot to give, we should learn to conserve.

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Have a great day ahead.

Always love your life.