Today is Earth Day! It's actually the 50th anniversary since the first Earth Day.
The first Earth day was held in 1970 to raise public awareness on environmental issues. Around 20 million people across the US were mobilized, congregating on streets and parks to demonstrate for environmental causes. 1970 was also the year that the EPA was created and the Clean Air Act was passed!
So what can you do to commemorate the day even if you're stuck inside during a pandemic, or if you don’t have access to local parks or green space?
Spend some time with your plants- studies have shown that indoor plants can boost mood, productivity, concentration and creativity, in addition to reducing stress, fatigue, sore throats and colds. They also clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen.
Many of us live in urban environments where outdoor pollution is abundant, many of which can have adverse affects on our health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, getting indoors doesn’t always solve this; indoor air pollution is actually a thing, but there are ways to mitigate its affects. A lot of what we’re surrounded with, such as paints, rubbers, vinyl, laminates, computer parts and plastics, can break down over time, releasing volatile compounds and toxins into the air.
This is where the mighty houseplant comes to the rescue! Scientists have confirmed that plants are able to absorb these nasty toxins and break them down into harmless byproducts. Nature has also been shown to reduce anxiety, have a calming affect on our mind, and make us more altruistic and cooperative.
There are hundreds of houseplants to choose from, from high maintenance ferns, to low maintenance philodendrons. Don't have any plants? We sell them! We also sell planters, watering cans, and macrame plant hangers. Check out our online store that's updated daily to see how you can add some green to your living space.