By The Sill
Why You Need Plants in Your Life
Pollution levels on the planet earth are on the rise. If you live in a busy, dense city, you encounter pollution everyday. It wreaks havoc on our skin, our hair and most of all, the air we breathe. Pollution is not just outside. It’s in the places we call ‘work’ and ‘home’.
Sick Building Syndrome is a term used to describe symptoms experienced by otherwise healthy people working in large commercial buildings — think sudden allergies; irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; headache, dizziness, and fatigue; respiratory and sinus congestion; and nervous system disorders. In 1989, Dr. Bill Wolverton, a leading scientist in NASA’s Clean Air Study revealed, “when the building occupants are away for a given time, the symptoms usually diminish, only to recur upon re-entry into the building.”
The cause? Indoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution is generally a consequence of toxic emissions from synthetic building materials, airborne mold, viruses, and pollutants, along with energy efficient construction, like making spaces as airtight as possible, which reduces the air circulation. These contributors release toxin emissions such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
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