Growing plants is not just a pretty task; it purifies the air surrounding your home and also cleans up the toxins in the soil. The smell that you get from new clothes, mattresses and rugs go beyond something new and exciting; it also indicates the presence of toxins in the material that are released during manufacturing. Getting plants into the house will take care of improving the air quality in your home.
A natural way of reducing the toxicity in the air and the exposure caused to you, your family and your pets is to grow green, in the form of a Kitchen or Herb Garden or if possible, an outdoor lush Garden.
According to a NASA Study, scientists found out that during the photosynthesis process, plants inhaled Carbon Dioxide and cancer-causing pollutants and exhaled clean and pure Oxygen.
Here are a few things that Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) can do to reduce pollution and make the surrounding air clean.
Engage every resident to make the housing society grow green, either inside their residences or outside. Here are a few tips for RWAs to promote and encourage this movement.
Choosing plants that can be grown indoors
Choosing indoor plants that are bigger and leafier is extremely effective, but it also depends on the space that is available to you to grow them and there are also other factors like ventilation and airflow.
It might be a good idea to have a variety of plants, as different species remove different toxins from the air. However, it is important to note where to place them, depending upon the number of sun rays that filters in the room and the temperature in the space.
Terrariums are a great way to have a little garden indoors for city dwellers, starved for space. These beauties in a glass bowl are great to look at, easy to create and can be customized exactly the way you want them to look. They can be placed anywhere you want to; on a window sill, at your bedside or even at your work desk. With decorative items such as stones, rocks, shells, pebbles, a little bridge and much more; the list is endless and is left to your imagination, you can amplify the beauty of your home or space.
It is a mentally rewarding hobby to have your garden and the satisfaction you derive from watching things grow in front of your eyes is immense. The stress that is reduced and the monotony that is busted when you indulge in this activity, especially during these pandemic times cannot be undermined.
Tips to keep in mind while maintaining a Terrarium
Plants that can be grown indoors, apart from Terrariums are
Choosing plants that can be grown outdoors
Growing a garden outdoors can reduce the air pollution inside your homes. A study at Lancaster University says that the more trees that are grown between the road and your front door, the better it is for the quality of air inside your homes. It would be wise to grow a lot of diverse species of plants that are native to your region.
Tips to be noted while growing an outdoor garden
Plants that can be grown outdoors are
The benefits of growing a garden, whether indoors or outdoors are immense. Here are some thoughts on them.
Promote Car or Vehicle Pooling
RWAs can promote vehicle pooling and the use of cycles, instead of a single person taking out a car just for themselves. This conserves energy, reduces emissions and encourages an eco-friendly mode of transportation.
For group outings of residents, RWAs can organize buses so that people can travel together and reduce the number of individual transportation on the streets.
Providing electric heaters to night security guards
In the year 2017, the Delhi Government had issued a notice to all RWAs that electric heaters should be provided to all night security guards, to protect them against the cold chill and temperature of the night. This is because security guards burn coal and wood to protect them against the cold and get some heat and the smoke that is emitted in the air from this burning is trapped near the surface due to lack of wind, high moisture and low temperature. Providing electric heaters is one of the ways to fight this pollution.
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