Grow your own fresh Air: Kemal Meattle at TED

Posted by Ian on May 18, 2009 in blog | No Comments
With over 60% of the world’s population living in buildings and over 40% of the world’s energy taken up by those buildings, the importance of finding sustainable ways of engaging with prebuilt architectures is paramount. Kemal Meattle is just such a visionary.

He has discovered the correct configuration and ratio of three different plants that can grow all the fresh air one person will ever need and clean a large proportion of toxins out of the air as well. Meattle suggest that if you lived in a sealed bottle with just these plants, you would never need fresh air. So perhaps these three plants are our future astro-plants. If you plan on becoming a deep-space cosmonaut, I reckon you’d better get used to the sight of this greenery.
For one person you need:
Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) x 4 shoulder high plants

Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sanservieria trifasciata) x 6-8 waist high plants per person

Money Plant (Epiremnum aureum) x 1 plant

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