Bring the Outdoors In for Earth Day with Beautiful Houseplants from Costa Farms

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Costa Farms’ O2 For You: Houseplants with a Purpose showcases the five best houseplants to clean indoor air, boost well-being, and add beauty to indoor spaces.

ZZ Plant, Costa Farms, Plants of Steel

ZZ plant excels in nearly any location, even dark corners of offices and homes.

Over the last 20 years, NASA research has proven that houseplants remove Volatile Organic Compound (VOCS) from indoor air.

Go green this Earth Day by appreciating everything nature has to offer. And don’t forget to bring the outdoors in. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates Americans spend 90 percent of their time inside, where air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

Celebrate Earth Day by incorporating houseplants into homes and offices to keep the fresh air coming all year. Houseplants may be thought of as decorative accents, but these oxygen machines filter out nasty chemicals found in many carpets, tobacco and paint.

Over the last 20 years, NASA research has proven that houseplants remove Volatile Organic Compound (VOCS) from indoor air. And since 2008, Costa Farms has promoted the many health benefits of houseplants through its “O2 for You: Houseplants with a Purpose” campaign.

“We should be as concerned about our indoor spaces as we are our outdoor spaces,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert from Costa Farms. “Houseplants scrub common air pollutants commonly found inside our homes, apartments and offices.”

The power of houseplants doesn’t stop there: New research conducted by the University of Exeter proves houseplants aid in concentration, increase productivity and boost well-being by 47 percent over areas without houseplants.

Reap the full power of plants this Earth Day by adding houseplants to indoor spaces where you work and live.

The 5 best plants to scrub the air, de-stress areas and keep homes and office spaces beautiful are:

1. Peace Lily

Peace lilies are common, easy-to-care-for houseplants. With broad, green leaves and charming, white calla-like flowers, peace lily has topped NASA’s list for removing three of the most common VOCS.

2. Orchids

Orchids offer classic, timeless beauty, and are easy to grow. In fact, Costa Farms’ Orchids show off gorgeous blooms for weeks, or even months. Plus, these night breathers make them the perfect plant to refresh and beautify the bedroom for a restful night’s sleep.

3. Anthurium

Anthuriums bear heart-shaped red flowers and leaves, complemented with standing-at-attention yellow centers, like little exclamation points. The blooms last for weeks. Also known as the flamingo flower, this colorful houseplants’ dark leaves also suck up a multitude of common VOCS.

4. Ferns

Ferns’ lacy, exuberant leaves catch attention in any space — and best of all, ferns are some of the easiest houseplants to care for. They add instant texture and color to any room, and their leaves also rid the air of common indoor pollutants such as toulene and xylene, found in many paints, nail polishes and glues.

5. ZZ Plant

ZZ plant, also part of Costa Farms’ Plants of Steel collection, excels in nearly any location, even dark corners of offices and homes. Its shiny, dark-green leaves also clean the air of common air pollutants to keep indoor air clean as can be.

Get Kids Involved

Through the month of April, kids and families can make every day an Earth Day. Look for Costa Farms’ ‘O2 for You’ Plant Party houseplants in kid-friendly containers that come with Let’s Have a Party sticker books. They’re ready for kids of all ages to personalize. Choose from more than 10 varieties of Plant Party houseplants, available at your nearest home improvement centers and mass merchandisers. From snake plants to ferns, these little green heroes bring a little green into your home all year.

Look for all of these environmentally-friendly plants at the ‘O2 For You’ display at your local home improvement store.

Learn more about how houseplants clean air here:

About Costa Farms

Costa Farms is the largest producer of indoor houseplants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned business that globally stretches over 3,800 acres and employs 2,800 people. Along with thriving indoor, bedding and perennial plant divisions, Costa Farms operations are located in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic, and Far East. Learn more about Costa Farms at

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