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How To Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants that Purify Your Home or Office [Paperback]

B.C. Wolverton , Cathy Meeus
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Book Description

10 Jan 2008
Plants are the lungs of the earth: they produce the oxygen that makes life possible, add precious moisture, and filter toxins. Houseplants can perform these essential functions in your home or office with the same efficiency as a rainforest in our biosphere. In research designed to create a breathable environment for a NASA lunar habitat, noted scientist Bill Wolverton discovered that houseplants are the best filters of common pollutants, such as ammonia, formaldehyde and benzene - chemicals released by furniture, carpets, building materials and photocopiers and then trapped by closed ventilation, leading to a host of respiratory and allergic problems now called Sick Building Syndrome. Here Dr Wolverton shows you how to grow 50 plants as accessible and trouble-free as the tulip and Boston fern. He rates each plant for its effectiveness in removing various pollutants. Studies show we spend around 80% of our lives indoors which means good indoor air is vital for good health. How to Grow Fresh Air will show you how to purify the environment that has the most impact on you.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (10 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297844776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297844778
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

How to grow and nurture 50 houseplants to ensure you have clean, nonpolluted air in your home and office.

About the Author

Dr B. C. Wolverton is a scientist who worked for NASA researching a breathable environment for a lunar habitat. He discovered that houseplants are the best filters of common pollutants.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading... 30 Jun 2009
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Well worth reading if your home or workplace suffers from bad air days. Fascinating information on how plants work and the good effects they can have in an enclosed environment together with detailed advice on buying and looking after the right plants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 12 July 2009
I was very pleased to receive this book - it will come in useful for many years. I have severe chemical sensitivities and up to date my house looks like "The Day of the Triffids", with spider plants growing all over the place. Now, thanks to this book, I have many attractive plants, I know how good they are at cleaning the air, and my spider plants are gradually diminishing as I find good homes for them.
A very good buy for anyone interested in taking responsibility for their own health - we should all be more aware of the hidden chemicals in our homes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference point... 23 May 2011
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I bought this book so I could focus on buying plants that filtered the air most efficiently in the home/office. The presentation is very good with a page dedicated to each plant with lots of information. The book tells you which plants were most efficient at removing an array of different chemicals in laboratory conditions.

If your looking for a guide to buying house plants that will have a positive effect on your home 'environment' then this the book for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 13 Mar 2010
This book does exactly what it says, but I personally could do with just a little more help finding plants that require less attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for selecting office plants 20 Feb 2014
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I wanted some plants to improve a warm dark basement office and got this book to help select plants that would be suitable for the conditions and beneficial to the office environment. Having picked a few options at the garden centre they have been happily growing over the last two years and look much healthier than some of the other office plants. The advice on potting material, growing techniques, care and suitability for a wide range of conditions is invaluable. I'd definitely recommend this book!
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