Enhanced Plant Technology


The History

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Stuart E. Strand and the University of Washington Civil and Environmental Engineering Department have been developing the Enhanced Plants.  The result of this extensive research is the creation of living plants that metabolize dangerous toxins (VOCs) from our indoor air spaces.

How It Works

All mammals have an enzyme in their livers known as P450 2E1 that can break down toxins. In Dr. Strand’s work, the Golden Pothos Ivy essentially becomes the vessel through which the enzyme works. The enzyme takes an oxygen atom from the air, bonds it to the pollutant molecule and detoxifies it. Origen Air’s Enhanced Plants, contain the 2E1 enzyme and are scientifically proven to remove the Toxins.

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Golden Pothos Ivy

Golden Pothos Ivy is a popular house plant well known for its long, trailing stems, glossy heart-shaped leaves, and become variegated with yellow or white. Golden Pothos Ivy looks its best under moderate to bright light and makes an excellent office plant as it grows well under fluorescent light sources. It is also called devil’s vine or devil’s ivy because it is almost impossible to kill and stays green even when kept in the dark. The Golden Pothos Ivy is also known as the money plant in many parts of the Indian subcontinent. 

The Lab Results

During laboratory testing, the Enhanced Plants and regular plants were both placed inside test tubes with high levels of chloroform or benzene. The concentration of chloroform dropped by 82 percent and the concentration of benzene dropped by 75 percent in the tubes with Enhanced Plants inside of them. The regular plants did not remove any of the benzene or chloroform over the course of the 11-day experiment.

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What's Next?

Dr. Strand has a letter from Canada’s Plant Biosafety Office approving the sale of the Enhanced Plants© in Canada. It is too cold in Canada for the ivy to survive outdoors so there is no risk of invasive species. Furthermore, Origen Air’s developing air purification technology will house the plants and protect them from any tampering or potential cross contamination issues. Read the peer reviewed  journal article of  Dr. Stuart E. Strand, Long Zhang, and Ryan Routsong published in Environmental Science and Technology.