How To Grow Your Own Fresh Air
Published 4 March 2019
Written by Sarah

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How To Grow Your Own Fresh Air

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It’s a well known fact that London doesn’t have the cleanest air, and even though the city is taking action to try an improve air quality, for example the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone where cars and vans will be charged if they don’t meet the strict exhaust emission standards (ULEZ), there’s still a long way to go until we have clean air.

It’s not all doom and gloom though, as you can actually grow your own fresh air. Yes, all you need is a few plants and your apartment will be a clean air hotspot – if you don’t believe us check out this NASA study from the 80s. Of course some plants are better than others at purifying the air, so we’ve rounded up the best ones to fill your home with.

Spider Plant

Not only are Spider Plants one of the easiest house plants to grow, but they are one of the most effective at removing harmful toxins too. They love bright, indirect sunlight and will even send out shoots to grow new baby spider plants (it’s the plant that just keeps on giving!).

Boston Fern

If you’ve got a shady spot, a Boston Fern is a great choice to get rid of those nasty pollutants. They prefer it a bit humid, so these ferns are a good choice for your kitchen or bathroom – just remember to keep them watered too!

Snake Plant

A Snake Plant is quite literally one of the hardest houseplants to kill, and they remove a whole load of toxins including benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. It’s a win win. Just keep your snake plant in sunny spot, with the occasional watering and you’re good to go.

English Ivy

You might associate this one with being an outdoor plant, but actually Ivy works really well inside too, and according to NASA’s study they are one of the best plants for air purification. They’re fairly easy to look after too – just keep your ivy in a well-lit spot and water regularly to promote new growth.


These guys are great if you want a bigger air purifying plant. Dracena’s might come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they all have in common is the fact they like indirect sunlight and to be watered about once a week – pretty easy once you get the hang of it!

If you’re not the green fingered type, fear not, The Project at Hoxton is filled with plants to help keep your air clean and provide you with your daily dose of plant power.

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