Introduction by SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson

Indoor air can be more toxic during the winter months since we don’t get as much fresh airflow through the house with all the windows and doors shut most of the day. Since young children are most vulnerable to toxic indoor chemicals like formaldehyde, we wanted to find out more about the air purifying benefits of indoor plants. Investing in a few house plants is probably the most affordable and effective way to improve indoor air, especially in our children’s bedroom where they spend at least 10 and more hours every night. As parents of young children who like to put things in their mouths, we also wanted to know which indoor plants were dangerous if accidentally ingested.

The expert on this topic is Dr. Bill Wolverton. A retired NASA scientist, he has published more than seventy technical papers, has lectured throughout the world and has authored three books. His newest book is entitled, “Plants: Why You Can’t Live Without Them”. We are excited to have Dr. Wolverton answer our questions and share the information in this post.

The Importance of Plants in Our Indoor Environment

Research conducted during the past thirty years by Dr. Wolverton, as well as other scientists in the U.S., Australia, Europe, Canada, Japan, Korea and India has shown that interior plants can remove airborne chemicals from the indoor environment.

Indoor air pollution is a major suspect in the development of asthma and allergy in small children. Formaldehyde, a particularly harmful chemical to children, is one of the most commonly found chemicals in the indoor environment. Studies have shown that plants are quite effective in removing formalde