11 House Plants So Good for You They’re Approved by NASA
Adding some green to a space can do a lot of good — both for your health and your style. Although we’ve been loving 2016’s trending house plants (we’ve even DIYed a Sharpie watercolor planter to keep them looking fresh in our office), we almost lost it when we heard that space plants (yes, space plants!) are actually a thing. And a very good thing for healthy living, at that.
During the ’80s, NASA began studying house plants as a means of providing purer and cleaner air. Thanks to their now published findings, we know some of the best house plants for clean, pure air (Love the Garden even created an awesome infographic detailing why each house plant on the list is amazing). Here are 11 plants you should definitely consider sharing your home with.
1. Peace Lilies: A beautiful house plant that actually blooms all summer, peace lilies ranked the highest at cleaning almost all chemicals in the air, including ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Wow. Something so powerful in such a pretty package.
2. Sanseveria: Native to Africa and southern Asia, Sanseveria (AKA the snake plant or, for you married peeps, the mother-in-law’s tongue) is almost impossible to kill — meaning they’re perfect for the gal who’s always on vacation.
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3. Palms: Great at purifying formaldehyde, xylene and toluene, there are many types of palms that’ll brighten up your space and keep you healthy, including areca, lady and bamboo palms.
4. Golden Pothos: A fast growing vine that looks incredible dangling from a window, this awesome plant is an air purifying ninja. Don’t have a green thumb? No problem. It’s so easy to grow that you’d almost have to try to kill a golden pothos for it to die.
5. Dracaenas: With three types of dracaenas making the list (marginata, warnecki and janet craig), it’s clear that this fun house plant is so darn popular with homeowners worldwide for clearing the air of several different pollutants. However, all dracaenas are toxic to cats and dogs, so pet owners should steer clear.
6. English Ivy: Although pet owners may want avoid this traditional plant too (the leaves are toxic for cats and dogs), there’s no denying that they clean the air beautifully.
7. Chrysanthemums: Another plant with a perfect five out of five score on air filtration, chrysanthemums are a beautiful addition to any home or office during early summer.
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8. Spider Plants: Non-toxic and easy to care for, this personality-packed plant is NASA approved for sucking formaldehyde out of the air. And aren’t they just made for mantles and hanging baskets?
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9. Aloe Vera: Well known for its awesome burn and bite remedies, this low-maintenance succulent is great for keeping your air clean too. And for making cucumber-aloe cocktails.
10. Ficus: A popular tree known for needing a lot of good light, add a ficus or two to your living room for a stylish and healthy statement piece. This mini desk-sized one is cute, but be aware that they can outgrow your space super quickly if you let them. The trick is in not repotting.
11. Chinese Evergreen: Benzene and formaldehyde are no match for this easy to maintain house plant. Plus, they look great almost everywhere in your home!
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Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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