Green Up your Winter

Now’s the time to bring the houseplants back inside. Green up your winter, breathe easy – and do it in style »

Is fall here already? The summer just flew by! With cooler days, crisper nights and the week-end in sight, now might just be the right time to gradually put the garden to sleep for another winter and to bring the houseplants back inside. And it’s also time to be reminded to breathe easy…

With the windows closed, concentrations of indoor pollutants found in carpeting and furniture, common cleaning and personal care products, toilet paper and tissues increase. When formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, ammonia and company bundle up with you for the cold season, it can be a scary and very unhealthy world inside…

Don’t let winter take your breath away: Green up!

Instead of worrying about the perils of indoor living, welcome a few plants in your home. In exchange for water and more or less sun, they will battle particles and chemicals like unsung heroes and purify the air you breathe in no time. To detoxify your environment, here are a few of the best air-filtering plants identified by NASA:

  1. Bamboo Palm: A tall beauty. Does best in bright, indirect light, prefers humidity, and not so well when overwatered.

  2. Spider plant: If you don’t have a green thumb, this plant is for you! Fares best when kept moist and located in a semi-sunny to shady location. Also pet safe.

  3. Ficus Benjamina: Grows best in bright, indirect light. A somewhat tricky plant however, who does not like an overheated environment, changes in temperature (even slight ones) or being overwatered.

  4. Aloe Vera: A sun lover and self-regenerating first-aid kit! The gel inside an aloe plant has been used forever to help heal cuts and burns.

  5. Snake plant (ak.a. mother-in-law’s tongue): Not the prettiest, but easy to grow. Can survive any spot in the house, from sun to shade, if watered regularly. Releases oxygen at night, so ideal in a bedroom to wake up rested.

 

You’ll be happy to know that there is no need to grow a jungle indoor to breathe easy: NASA suggests having one plant or more per 100 square feet of home or office space. To learn more or to find other plant options, refer to the NASA Guide to Air-Filtering Houseplants.

Imagine. Play. Breathe!

Plants, pots and displays don’t need to be dull and boring. Express yourself, create, design. Add your personal touch to your plants’ display: place them on the floor, a shelf, a stand or a side table, hang them in front of a window or grow them vertically along the wall. Pots accentuate the beauty of your plants and the options are infinite. Have fun with them: play with shapes, sizes, textures, colors and patterns. Consider non-traditional materials, such as cloth or geotextile like our Bacsac by Virgile Desurmont. Create shadow effects with a strategically placed lights.

Whatever you do, whether you choose to splurge, invest, recycle or repurpose, we hope you breathe easy all year round!

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