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How and Why Potted Plants Really do Clean Indoor Air

Margaret Burchett Ronald Wood, Ralph Orwell Jane Tarran, Fraser Torpy Ralph Alquezar

Over 80 % of Australians live in cities, where we spend about 90% of our time indoors. A number of studies have shown that indoor air generally contains higher levels of contaminants than outdoor air – often several times higher concentrations. Over 350 VOCs have been identified in indoor air, and although usually in very low concentrations, they are now recognized as causative agents of ‘sick-building syndrome’ or ‘building-related illness’ – symptoms including headaches, sore eyes or throat, loss of concentration, nausea & breathing problems. Download PDF