This project won A+ Grade in Kuwait Children’s Science Congress and participated in the National Children’s Science Congress-2016 held at Baramati, Pune, India
Kuwait is among the top 20 most gas-flaring countries in the world and is entirely dependent on the burning of Sulphur-rich fossil fuels to meet its energy needs. Kuwait’s dry environment, frequent dust storms and burning of Sulphur-rich fossil fuels decreases the air quality of the country. In Kuwait, people spend 90% of their time indoors. Due to an increase in the flat system and the poorly ventilated place of residence, there is a huge risk of indoor air pollution. Such contaminated air can cause many health problems mainly ‘sick building syndromes’. Phytoremediation refers to the natural ability of certain plants to clean up the environment. Phytoremediation role of indoor plants in the removal of household VOC’s such as Benzene and Formaldehyde is confirmed by a chemical contamination test. It is seen that the indoor plants are successful in removing a high percentile of volatile organic compounds from the household air through phytoremediation. Phytoremediation refers to the technologies that use living plants to clean up soil, air, and water contaminated with hazardous chemicals. We would like to evaluate the changes in phytoremediation potential of indoor plants on exposure to gaseous formaldehyde and benzene in airtight chambers. In this study, 4 varieties of indoor plants were screened for their ability to remove two important VOC’s (benzene, formaldehyde), CO and CO2. On the basis of the results obtained in this study we observed that indoor plant can reduce the VOC level. This clearly demonstrates that indoor plants can significantly reduce the amount of pollutants in the indoor environment. In some cases the reduction was as much as 36%. This portable, flexible, attractive and low cost technology can be used in any building. To ensure sustainability of the urban environment, social and economic considerations, indoor plants can be expected to become standard technology for improving IAQ (Indoor Air Quality).
Name & Address of Guide Teacher: Mrs. Annief Mathew, Head of Science Department, Indian Learners Own Academy, Kuwait,