That India’s metro cities are facing an unprecedented air pollution crisis is no news. Cities such as Delhi/NCR, Bengaluru, and Mumbai frequently lead the global indices on poor ambient air quality. Many columns of print and online news have been dedicated to the harmful effects of ambient air pollution. But almost no one seems to be talking about a silent enemy: indoor air pollution.
Indoor Air Pollution: What is it, and how does it affect you
Indoor Air Pollution, as the name suggests, is the pollution inside a building, whether a home or an office space. It can be caused and aggravated by a number of reasons. Burning fuel-based combustion appliances such as gas stoves can increase indoor air pollution, as can the installation of furnishings and carpets. Even household cleaning and maintenance products can substantially degrade indoor air quality (IAQ).
This is, to say the least, problematic. At a rough estimate, a significant percentage of working professionals in urban centres spend 90% of their day indoors, whether at home or in offices. With the COVID-19 outbreak also limiting people to their homes, this represented a major health risk – and one that most people are not even aware of.
So, how does one counter the challenges of poor indoor air quality? Why, with greenery, of course.
Planting the way for overall wellness: How indoor plants can help you manage IAQ and stress
According to a study by NASA, plants – particularly of the succulent variety – can help purify the air in indoor environments. A sufficient number of indoor plants can remove substantial amounts of carcinogens, irritants, and other contaminants that constitute a hazard to your health, and that of your loved ones.
More importantly, nurturing indoor plants can help address many critical mental health issues that have arisen in the wake of the pandemic. Building an indoor plant nursery can minimise the impact of anxiety, depression, and vital exhaustion on you, as gardening releases soil-based healthy bacteria that can raise your serotonin levels to make you feel happier. A greener interior is also more pleasing on the eye and an absolute pleasure to be in, as many can attest.
If all this is any proof, building an indoor plant nursery can be the perfect way for you to improve the overall wellness for you and your family. Not only will you be safer from the harmful effects of indoor air pollution but will also be able to tackle the myriad mental health challenges given rise to by the pandemic on a firmer footing.
So, here’s to holistic health and wellness, and a greener, cleaner future!