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Danger! – VOC’s are volatile organic compounds.

What are Volatile Organic Compounds?

VOC’s or Volatile Organic Compounds are a group of chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. They are most commonly found at high volume in your home and car. Common VOCs include acetone, benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, perchloroethylene, toluene and xylene. These chemicals are concentrated up to 10 times higher in an indoor environment.

what are the risks of VOC exposure?

Many VOC’s are highly toxic, and we are continually exposed to varying degrees of VOC’s on a daily basis. In 2016 the Australian Government released key findings of Volatile Organic Compounds in relation to Ambient Air Quality. It was found that breathing low levels of VOCs for prolonged lengths of time can increase the risk of a range of severe health problems. VOCs can make symptoms worse for people who have asthma or are sensitive to chemicals.

Have you ever wondered why you feel better outside or in nature?

That is because plants fight off these VOC’s and in Australia scientists at RMIT University, the University of Melbourne and CAUL Hub have been studying how to fight these nasty compounds with style. Researchers found that indoor plants improve air quality by filtering out particulate matter, or air pollution, and other airborne toxins. One plant can improve a rooms air quality by a staggering 25% and as little as five plants can almost neutralise the effects of VOC’s in a small room. Obviously the larger the plant the greater the use but you can use small plants in greater numbers to achieve the same results.

Bring the outdoors inside this Spring.

For further reading check out these resources…

https://soe.environment.gov.au/theme/ambient-air-quality/topic/2016/volatile-organic-compounds

https://plantlifebalance.com.au/the-science/