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Life in China: “Home Plants that Clean the Air”

11 Sep


by Admin via “Trending Stylist

Plants we grow in the home are not only deserving for more oxygen, but some of them have the ability to clean the air of toxins and mold, and therefore it is less likely to be inhaled by the residents, which is certainly great for health.

After studying domestic plants NASA came to the conclusion. They found that some species filter the air and remove the organic compounds that evaporate better than others.

Also, they filter the air from various building materials, dust, paint etc.

Top 6 plants to have in your home:


This plant is great for raising the oxygen level in your home. Also it absorbs carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. A single aloe plant can achieve what nine biological air purifier can.

Ficus (FicusElastica)

This plant is very easy to maintain because it does not need a lot of light. It is effective when it comes to cleaning the air of formaldehyde. But be careful if you have small children or pets because the leaves can be poisonous.

Ivy (Hedera Helix)

Everyone should definitely have this herb at home. Ivy removes 60% of the toxins in the air and 58% of particles of feces within six hours since it is brought in that area.

Spider plant (ChlorophytumComosum)

This plant has the ability to make photosynthesis under minimal light. It excellently absorbs toxins from the air such as formaldehyde, styrene, and carbon monoxide, as well as gasoline. One herb effectively purifies air in 200 square meters space.

Snake plant (SansevieriaTrifasciata “Laurentii”)

This plant is almost indestructible and is great for having it at home. It is very resistant and needs very little light for photosynthesis. Besides removing toxins, it is great for the bedroom because it produces oxygen at night.

Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”)

It is excellent for removing chemical toxins from the air. This homemade herb filters formaldehyde from the air as well as trichloroethylene.
NASA says you should have between 15 and 18 of these plants in an area of 500 square meters. Meaning, 3 to 4 plants are enough in 80 square meter area. Do not forget to put one of the plants in your bedroom, because you probably spend some time there. . . . . .


CAQ: Is China Safe?!? – The Health Issue: Pollution

27 Feb

Continuing the Commonly Asked Questions series based on questions people give me about China.  While it may not answer everything, I hope that it will clear up some big misconceptions people  have about this beautiful country.  You can find the first part “Is China Safe: the Size/Language Issue Here.

CAQ #2: Is China Safe?!? ~ the Health Issue: Pollution

Yes, this is really what my city looks like some days


Concern: China is a scary place with backdoor doctors, unsanitary practices,  horrifying pollution, and dangerous hazards lying around everywhere.

I’ll start by addressing Pollution in this post~ the biggest concern for most people.  Is there  pollution in China? ~ Yes, of course there is.  There is also a lot of pollution in the US, Korea,  Japan, England, India, etc.  Is smog a problem? ~ Yes, smog can be a bad problem, especially on   certain days.  The worst of the smog arrives when we haven’t had rain in a while (Henan had a  drought this year, so that didn’t help), when they burn off the fields in the fall, and when the  machines are running extra long at the local factories.  There are certain days when skyscrapers  right in front of you completely disappear and you can taste the acid in the air.  I’d say that’s been about 7-8 days in my first semester here in China (Aug-Feb).  It can be really, really bad.


My City Today


Of course, I live in Zhengzhou which is one of the worst cities in China, so I can’t measure the rest of China by that. You can see a rating every day for most Chinese cities’ pollution level here, and  Zhengzhou is always pretty bad. But if Zhengzhou is the worst they have to offer, I don’t  think the problem is as prevalent as people believe. 

First, I’d like to say (and I’ll probably repeat this in later posts), a large part of your ability to withstand the smog depends on your own body.  Personally, I generally suffer from serious skin sensitivity and asthma; one bad day in the US will knock me out.  But in China, I’m actually the healthiest I’ve been in a while. My skin clears up, my asthma goes away, I suffer fewer headaches, I’m breathing much better.  Others are the opposite; they’re fine in the States and then get landblasted with respiratory illnesses here.  I think a lot of it is dependent on how your body likes certain environments. Mine seems to like China.  

Furthermore, as far as actual pollution goes, it isn’t like every single day I am terrified of  walking out the door. Only about 2-3 days this semester have I been unwilling to leave  without a mask.There is also the fact that Zhengzhou has coal mines not to far away ~ and  that always adds to the issue, just look at the coal towns in West Virginia.  We have to dust about  twice a week to clean the black off everything, especially outside windows. That gives me a few  concerns about Black Lung or something similar, but it’s my own fault for choosing to live so close  to the coal mines.

Seeing the sun in a bright blue sky is a pretty rare sight around here, but we do get it, especially  after a rain.  And I can see the stars many nights, so long as the fireworks haven’t smoked the  place up. I breath fine for the most part, although I know some people who struggle.  They do have masks everywhere; you can always pick one up to help you out. I personally never really use them unless it’s during the crop burning week. 

One nice part about China is that the people here are incredibly health conscious and actively work to clean the mess up.Even big  factory owners know that their children have to breathe in ‘the air they create; it provides a lot of incentive to clean the mess up. ‘They are truly worried about the situation, and there are constant 

discussions on how to eliminate or guard yourself against the threat posed by air pollution.  They  have extremely advanced masks, they make sure that everyone knows what days to avoid going  outside and what days it’s okay. They are constantly planting trees, bushes, shrubs, and adding water in an effort to combat the problem and reoxygenate the air.  Zhengzhou even bought a “Smog  Machine!”  It goes around the streets spraying water in an effort to cleanse the air.  🙂 

If you move further out of the big cities, the problem isn’t half as bad anyway.

So maybe some cities in China are worse than most of the United States, but they are working with millions more factories, mines, people and other pollution causing issues. As my student’s say,  just look at the advancements they have already made in eliminating causation factors. Give them a few more years, and they will probably have advanced in leaps and bounds.  They like their  clean air, and generally the Chinese are a stubborn/innovative set. If they want clean air, they’ll  find a way to get it. It just takes time and patience, and a willingness to wear a mask every so often till the problem is fixed.





China Pollution :(

5 Feb

China pollution :(. My window sill after two weeks. I missed last weeks cleaning and this what it looked like. [Scowl][Cry][Speechless]😱😱😱


Anti-Smog Truck!

7 Jan

Living in Henan, we are kind of in the middle of some of China’s worst pollution. If you look at the Air Pollution map, you’ll see that Zhengzhou tends to run parallel with Shanghai and Beijing for some of the most hazardous conditions for people’s health. This is due in no small part to the fact that many foreign companies have built factories in Zhengzhou, such as Apple (yes, we saw the iPhone 6 first! 😛 ) Having watched skyscrapers literally disappear feet in front of me on the really bad days, I can say that it is definitely horrible to try to be outside in.  The city looks like a ghost time about half the time because of the smoky look and the abandoned cast that it gives to all the buildings.  

So, I’m pretty excited about this news!  Some people said that our numbers actually went down so maybe this will really work 🙂 That would be completely awesome! **DB

Anti-smog Carrier Appears in Zhengzhou

by Sun Wanming via “CRI

A truck loaded with a massive aerosol gun is seen ejecting water spray at Zhengzhou, capital city of central China’s Henan province on January 5, 2015. An operator says the carrier with a capacity of 10 tons of water can eject spray particles for 75 minutes. He added that the water spray can effectively relieve the haze weather in the area by dissolving the pollution particles and dust in the air. The anti-smog tool is said to cost 800,000 yuan. [Photo: tencent.com] . . .


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