Purify your home or office space with the Rubber Plant?
Air, including contaminants are absorbed through the rubber plant's leaves. The large leaves allow it to draw in large amounts of contaminants, making it efficient at cleaning the air. As water is drawn upward through the plant from the roots, air is drawn downward and out through the roots to make air available to the roots. Contaminants are drawn through the plant with the air and deposited in the soil. Once the contaminants are in the soil, they encounter microbes that naturally live around the roots. The microbes break down the contaminants and convert them either into nutrients the plants can use or to harmless compounds in the soil, depending on the type of contaminant.
Rubber plants improve air quality by converting exhaled carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen. The plants combine carbon dioxide with hydrogen broken down from water taken in by the roots. A by-product of this chemical reaction is oxygen. The rubber plant releases the extra oxygen into the air through the leaves.
Bacteria and mold spores float through the air, looking for places to grow. Soil is a natural place for these organisms to grow, but they can make rubber plants sick. Part of a rubber plant’s defense against these potential hazards kills these organisms while they are airborne. This process will not harm people or pets, but can reduce mold and bacteria in a room by as much as 50 or 60 percent.