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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Growing Your Own Air with TED

Growing your own air ... or ... said in others words, listen to how researcher Kamal Meattle tells us how the simple use of common household plants in your home or business can measurably change the quality of the fresh air you breathe. This brief video is from TED, the website that brings us so many continuously stimulating videos and ideas.

Ted writes this about Kamal Meattle: "Kamal Meattle has a vision to reshape commercial building in India using principles of green architecture and sustainable upkeep (including an air-cleaning system that involves massive banks of plants instead of massive banks of HVAC equipment). He started the Paharpur Business Centre and Software Technology Incubator Park (PBC-STIP), in New Delhi, in 1990 to provide "instant office" space to technology companies. PBC-STIP's website publishes its air quality index every day, and tracks its compliance to the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, a corporate-citizenship initiative.

Meattle has long been a environmental activist in India. In the 1980s he helped India's apple industry develop less-wasteful packaging to help save acres of trees. He then began a campaign to help India's millions of scooter drivers use less oil. His next plan is to develop a larger version of PBC-STIP, making a green office accessible to more businesses in New Delhi and serving as an example of low-cost, low-energy office life. "




If you experience difficulty in viewing the video, click here to view it directly at TED.

These are the plants recommended in the video:

Areca Palm: four shoulder high plants. Clean the leaves frequently and take the plant outside every four months.


Mother-in-law's tongue: 6-8 waist-high plants per person



Money Plant

This is good for our health.
This is good for our psychological energy.
This is good for our emotional energy.
This is good for our spiritual energy.
This is good for our physical energy.
This is good for global green energy.

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