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Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor occupants are simultaneously exposed to an array of VOCs, many of which are known to be carcinogenic

Poor indoor air quality is responsible for 6.7 million premature deaths globally. With this, most recent research, by Melbourne Climate Future research 2023, has shown astounding figures on the impact indoor air quality has on Australian’s, linking: 

  •  11,105 premature deaths annually
  •  66,000 Asthma cases 

With urban dwellers spending the majority of their day indoors, whether at work, school or home the significance of indoor air quality can not be overstated. Consequently the adoption of innovative approaches to improve the air that we breathe in has become essential, if not critical.

Why does indoor air make us sick?

Vollatile Organic Compounds

VOCs are gases emitted into the air from products or processes that take place indoors.

Items usually thought of as productivity drivers also emit indoor pollutants into the air.

Such as: computers, printers, furniture, as well as carpet, paints and other materials found indoors that are not manufactured using VOC free components. Some are harmful by themselves and others become toxic when they react with other gases and form other pollutants. 

 

 

Petrol Related VOCs

A group of carbon-based chemicals that consist largely of pollutants sourced from vehicle emissions. 

Petrol related VOCs consist of a range of chemicals, such as benzene derivatives, Cyclopentanes and Alkanes, to name a few. These are highly carcinogenic and can disrupt normal blood production, cause dizziness, loss of consciousness and have serious effects on lungs. 

These are commonly found indoors in any dwelling that is either attached to a garage, on a busy road or close to petrol stations.

 

 

 

Sick Building Syndrome

A term used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and discomfort effects, linked to the time spent in polluted indoors. 

Accumulation of dangerous VOCs has been associated with discomfort, irritation and reduced occupant concentration. Symptoms can range from:

♦ Reduced performance

♦ Absenteeism

♦ Respiratory disease

♦ Dizziness, fatigue, nausea

♦ Coughing and sneezing

♦ Headaches

Healthy and thriving indoor plants are a natural filtration system, capable of absorbing toxins and VOCs from the indoor air. This can only occur provided plants are exposed to the right light level, a process called Photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis is key for the removal of indoor toxins and chemicals. Plants absorb these nasties, break them down and oxygen is released.

Photosynthesis: ‘life from light’

Healthy and Thriving plants can remove up to:

  • 80% of VOCs
  • 20% of Carbon Dioxide and Monoxide
  • 97% of most toxic petrol related chemicals

Check out our ranges of plants

Green wall range

We design, install and maintain indoor plant displays so that they always remain beautiful and healthy.

Tabletop plants

At Ambius, we believe all workspaces, small and large, can reap the benefits of indoor plants. Even desks can benefit from the addition of small indoor plants. Our Ambius consultants’ creativity is not limited to space.

Floorstanding range

Ambius has a range of floorstanding pots, perfect for brightening up any floor space. Check out our range of pots and colours today!

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