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The 5 best plants for improving air quality

Written by: phs Greenleaf

phs Greenleaf has been providing planting and landscaping services to businesses for over 25 years, including indoor and outdoor plants, artificial and live planting, living walls, grounds maintenance and Christmas trees and decorations.

The 5 best plants for improving air quality

How do plants clean the air?

There is a clear link between plants and air quality. Plants naturally remove irritants from the air, and often use them in their own life process. By removing irritants, plants leave people feeling healthier and more-alert, all while creating a welcoming environment. Being surrounded by nature and greenery has also been proven to reduce stress and help people relax.

You can give any interior environment a natural boost by incorporating plants into your decor. It’s important to choose plants that suit the rooms light level and average temperature. To fully gain the health benefits of plants, you should also consider what room they will be used in to create perfect synergy. 

The main usage times of an interior environment should also be considered before choosing plants.  For example, not all plants are able to release oxygen at night, and the vast majority actually release carbon dioxide during darker house instead. Therefore, if your interior space is used 24/7, you should choose a plant that continues to release oxygen during the night-time.

The best indoor plants for air purification

Snake Plant

Snake plant

  • Perfect for 24/7 air care -able to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen during the night
  • Breaks down carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and benzene from the air
  • Doesn’t like direct sunlight

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

  • Perfect for 24/7 air care - able to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen during the night
  • Breaks down carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and benzene from the air
  • Cutting leaves reveals a clear gel which can be used to treat sore skin

Peace Lily

Peace lilly

  • Breaks down  carbon dioxide. formaldehyde and benzene from the air
  • Clears mould spores from the air
  • A compact plant with beautiful flowers



  • Breaks down  carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and xylene from the air
  • Good at clearing the air of small amounts of unwanted odours
  • Requires minimal care and is very happy in low light

Spider Plant

Spider plant

  • Breaks down nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and benzene from the air
  • Increases room humidity, helping to reduce the spread of airborne disease
  • Easy to look after, and perfect for an indoor hanging basket

Bespoke planting solutions with phs Greenleaf

phs Greenleaf provide a range of high quality plants that are ethically sourced from MPS certified growers. Our experienced horticulturalist-led team will make regular maintenance visits to care for your office plants, making the process as fuss-free as possible for your business.

We realise that a one-size service doesn’t fit all types of businesses, which is why we offer different levels of bespoke servicing depending on your requirements and budget. 

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