Green Heroes Sweep Canada Air Clean

    MIAMI, March 28 /CNW/ -- Thank a plant today. Silently and always
"working," these green heroes toil tirelessly to purify our environment and
enrich our lives, naturally cleansing the very air we breathe.
    And remember to thank your indoor plants this Earth Day for providing
truly amazing health benefits! They filter the air we breathe, working 24/7 to
sweep the air clean from dangerous chemicals and toxins while continuously
releasing oxygen in our homes and offices.
    According to a NASA study, you need at least one houseplant for every 100
square feet in your home or office to maximize the health benefits and freshen
the air.
    When selecting indoor plants, consider the plants "job." Does it work the
day or night shift? Is it for the home or office? Read on for some great tips
from the experts on which 'green heroes' will work best for you.
    Green is in the Air!
    Our lives depend on technology, but ordinary household products such as
paints, tobacco smoke, printer ink and carpets hold hidden dangers plants can
help reduce.
    Former NASA research scientist Dr. Bill Wolverton found plants improve
air quality through their natural "filtering" ability. He discovered
houseplants can absorb up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOC's), like
formaldehyde and benzene, found in many homes and offices.
    Indoor plants work round the clock to "clean" the air! How?  They absorb
toxins into the root zone where they're turned into nutrients. Some tropical
plants suppress airborne mold. Some of the hardest working plants are the
Peace lilies, ferns, palms, and spider plants.
    Heavy Night Breathers
    Some plants actually work at night while we sleep! These green heroes
"breathe out" oxygen (O2) and absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) at night, rather
than in the daytime, when the majority of plants do their "breathing."
    Mike Rimland, research director for Costa Farms (, the
largest indoor houseplant producer in North America, recommends Epiphytic
Bromeliads and orchids, particularly in your bedroom. These natural botanical
air purifiers make perfect bedroom buddies to refresh and beautify your room
for a healthy, restful night's sleep!
    Rimland favorites are anthuriums.  "They come in an array of colors with
stunning blooms that last up to 13 weeks, are easy to grow, refresh the air,
and add exotic beauty to your bedroom."
    Bring A Plant To Work
    Put a plant on your desk to feel happier, enjoy better health and be more
productive.  The NASA study recommends office workers should have at least one
plant in their "personal breathing space" at work to effectively remove indoor
    Research conducted in the Netherlands supports this, finding office
workers who had plants in their workspace out performed co-workers without
plants.  Workers reported they felt better and their concentration improved
with plants on their desks, especially working at computers!
    Another test conducted in Norway reports that 25% fewer health problems,
in particular respiratory ailments, headache, and fatigue, when plants were
introduced to their workspace.
    Snake plants, broad sword ferns and rubber plants are among the top ten
air purifiers recommended by experts. They're easy to grow, are natural
humidifiers and remove airborne chemicals. Other green heroes are
chrysanthemums, Gerbera daisies and spider plants.
    Location, Location, Location!
    "Which plant you choose, and where you place your plants is important to
reap optimum benefits," says Rimland.
    Consider the light, humidity, and temperature of your indoor spaces to
determine the best choices for your home. Put a Majesty Palm in your living
room, fern in the family room and a Spathiphyllum in the kitchen. Add golden
pothos or heart leaf philodendron for beauty and maximum air cleansing
    "We want our customers to connect the health benefits plants provide for
themselves and for the earth," says Ed Grzybek, of Wal-Mart Canada. "And make
it easy for them to pick the perfect plant for their home or office to freshen
the very air we all share."
    Look for all of these environmentally-friendly plants at the 'From the
Earth For the Earth' display at most of your local Wal-Marts.
    For more information on the benefits of houseplants, and help to find the
perfect indoor plant for your home or office, visit

For further information:

For further information: Susan McCoy or Stacey Pierson, +1-610-388-9330,
 or cell +1-610- 220-8400, both of Garden Media Group for Costa Farms Web

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