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Are House Plants Good for the Environment?

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Since most of us are restricted in our homes due to the ongoing health crisis, house planting has been the go-to hobby of many. 

Studies show that indoor plants can remove about 87% of toxic chemicals found in the air. It is also proven that owning house plants can help improve our concentration and productivity, as well as in reducing stress. In short, indoor plants not just purify the air we breathe, but also help boost our overall mood.

However, no matter how good indoor plants is to our wellbeing, it also comes with many drawbacks, especially to our environment.



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Are Indoor Plants Bad for the Environment?

While indoor plants are good for our health, it is sad to know that there are also negative effects on our environment. But this doesn’t mean that you should stop owning them. There are ways to keep your hobby sustainable.

  • Transportation

As we all know, not all plants can grow in Netherlands because of the climate, so some tend to buy plants from overseas. Transporting plants from one place to another causes carbon emission which is bad for our environment. 

So, instead of buying plants, why not try cuttings or exchanging plants with others. This is one of the best sustainable options for house plant growers.




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  • Use of Plastic Pots

Transporting plants also come with plastic pots which are often not accepted as recyclable, especially when they are already contaminated. As a result, most of it ends up in landfills.

So, before you buy plants with plastic pots, try to think first if you’ll be able to use that pot again or try to look for plant sellers who offer sustainable packaging. 




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  • Growing in Peat

Another thing that house plant growers must keep in mind when buying plants is where it is grown in. Some plants being sold are grown in peat. Peat is made from decomposed plant matter and can take thousands of years to form. Thus, taking out an extensive amount of it can cause a huge effect on our ecosystem.

To avoid this, it is more eco-friendly to buy plants that don’t need or are not grown in peat.

By considering these things, you can still enjoy your indoor planting hobbies in an eco-friendly way. 

The question now is, how many indoor plants can you own? 




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Can You Have Too Many House Plants?

The number of indoor plants one could get depends on each person. If it’s health we’re talking about, there is no harm in owning too many. But you should also keep in mind that taking care of house plants is time and space-consuming. Not just that though, despite being an inexpensive hobby, if this turns into obsession, one day you’ll be surprised by how much money you spent on your plants. 

So, if you want to keep the sustainability of your hobby, just have enough to purify the air in your house and bring your satisfaction. Also, consider the environment of your house, and the people or pets living there. You don’t want to suddenly turn your homes into a jungle-like place by owning too many. 




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5 Easy Indoor Plants to Purify the Air in Your Home

Nowadays, there are several interesting plants that you can grow indoors. 

Here’s a shortlist of the most common and easy to grow indoor plants:

  1. Snake Plant

Snake Plant is the most common and easy-to-grow house plant. It doesn’t matter if you neglect it for weeks for it can survive in low light and drought. Studies also show that snake plants help purify the air in your homes and remove toxic chemicals making it easy for you to breathe.

2. Monstera Deliciosa

Like Snake Plant, Monstera Deliciosa, or also known as tropical split-leaf philodendron,is one of the most popular easy-to-grow house plants. You only need to water it everyone to two weeks and it does not need direct sunlight. And because of its eye-catching look, this plant not just helps in reducing air pollutants but also gives off a different vibe when placed indoors making it the perfect house plant.

3. Pothos

The perfect plant for those who have ‘black thumb’. Pothos, also known as cubicle plant, is considered to be the best plant for newbies in indoor planting. They are easy to take care of and can survive in almost any environment. Like snake plant, Pothos also helps eliminate toxic chemicals and purifies your air.

4. Dracaena

Dracaena is known to be an easy-going, low maintenance plant because it can survive neglect and can easily adapt to different light conditions. This plant also helps improve and purify the air in your houses.

5. ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant is extremely low maintenance and is very tolerant to drought and low light environments. If you happen to be someone who loves to travel a lot, this plant is the perfect house plant for you. You just need to water them once a month during spring and summer, and once every two months during fall. And like any other indoor plants, ZZ Plant is also a known air purifier and remover of toxic chemicals in the air.

However, despite helping purify the air and add visuals in your homes, most indoor plants are known to be toxic to animals and children when ingested. Though they are not deadly, it is still better to be safe.

There you have it! I hope that with this blog, you can all enjoy your sustainable living with your house planting hobbies in an eco-friendly way.


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