For one liter of water a week, this fiddle leaf fig tree removes carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds from your air, adds oxygen for your breathing pleasure, and beautifies your surroundings. Holy reciprocity, Batman!
Last week I bought a new pillow. I popped a clean pillow case on, snuggled down and buried my face in it, inhaling with satisfaction.
My lovely new squishy simply REEKED of VOCs. I cast it to the other side of the bed, to off-gas in peace.
What are VOCs, you may ask?
VOC is short for Volatile Organic Compound. These airborne toxins waft off of drying paint, plastics, resins, synthetic textiles, and even cleaning products. They smell dreadful, trigger migraines, and erode your fragile lung tissue.
And the ‘newer’ and ‘cleaner’ your habitat, the more of them you might be breathing.
‘Sensitive’ people often complain of Bad Smells from new carpet, new furniture, new motor vehicles, newly mopped floors (Lysol and Fabuloso: anything but fabulous) and new strip malls. Insensitive people may mock us, but our respiratory membranes know better.
How do you remove VOCs from your surroundings?
Glad you asked!
🌿 Buy secondhand furniture.
🌿 Increase ventilation–open windows, turn on fans.
🌿 Run air filters.
🌿 Use nontoxic cleaning products–Mrs Meyers, Seventh Generation, free & clear anything.
🌿 Grow plants.
Live houseplants have been proven to remove VOCs from the surrounding air, in addition to adding oxygen and calming your nervous system with their exquisite forms.
Plastic plants, on the other hand, simply add more VOCs.