Kamal Meattle

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Kamal Meattle
Known for TED 2009 entitled How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air

Kamal Meattle is an Indian environmental activist and CEO of Paharpur Business Centre & Software Technology Incubator Park based in New Delhi, India. Meattle held a talk at TED 2009 entitled How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air.[1]

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After becoming allergic to New Delhi's polluted air in 1992, Meattle discovered that three common houseplants could help reduce the pollutants in the air.[2] The three plants and their properties are listed below:

Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)[edit]

  • Works well in the day time
  • Great for living areas
  • One needs about 4 shoulder-high plants/person
  • Needs to be put outdoors once every 3–4 months
  • The leaves of the plant need to be wiped every day in Delhi and perhaps once a week in a cleaner city
  • The soil used should be of vermi manure or use hydroponics

Mother-in-Law's Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)[edit]

  • Converts CO2 into O2 at night
  • One requires about 6–8 such waist-high plants per person in the bedroom
  • Leaves need to be wiped in the same way as the Areca Palm
  • The soil used should be of vermi manure or use hydroponics

Money plant (Epipremnum aureum)[edit]

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