Snake plant for air quality and fibers for handicraft

Carlos Andam By Carlos Andam, 24th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1xps1422/
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Snake plant is not only a beautiful ornament in the house or office but an air purifier and a good source of quality fibers to support local handicraft enterprises.

Prospect for growing snake plants

There is more to the snake plant because of its versatile qualities, the main consideration why the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) is into this plant, as it has varied uses from the economic standpoint to addressing environmental concerns. And from the farming prospect, the plant thrives also in a varied soil and agro-ecological conditions and the plant can be easily propagated for commercial fiber production.

In the botanical world, the plant is known as Sansevieria trifaciata belonging to the Agave family under the genus Sansevieria. While it is a fiber plant, being a source of quality natural fibers, it is more popularly useful in the Philippines in general as an ornament for house and landscape. According to Richard W. Henley of the University of Florida, the plant “is better known to modern cultures as an ornamental plant, grown outside in the tropics and semi- tropics, and in a variety of containers for interior use throughout the world.” In fact, in Siniloan, Laguna, it is so popular in many households especially in the town proper, either in pots or in the frontage spaces of their houses.

Enhancing air quality in homes & offices

More than its aesthetic value, the snake plant is one of the plants that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) recommended useful in combating indoor air pollutants in the household and in offices. This was based on the study of Dr. B.C. Wolverton, Anne Johnson, and Keith Bounds in 1989 that concluded that decorative indoor plants like snake plant also helps purify indoor air. We have learned that plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through the process of photosynthesis and the NASA/ALCA study showed that many houseplants also remove harmful elements such as trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air.

While the researchers revealed that all of their test-plants had properties that were useful in improving overall indoor air quality, they likewise found out that some plants are better than others in treating certain chemicals. Specifically, when it comes to formaldehyde as pollutant, the snake plant is one of the seven useful plants for indoor environment.

Local initiative, fibers for handicraft project

But there could be a more appropriate and practical reason for ordinary people in rural areas like farmers to grow the plant and that is to produce fibers to support and diversify the raw material source for the handicraft industry and similar enterprises depending on natural fibers. LSPU President, Dr. Nestor de Vera, recognized the plant’s fiber quality and economic potential and consequently approved and released funds to support the initiative of three lady-professors in their Siniloan Campus. All three belongs to the College of Teacher Education of the University.

The LSPU project

The snake plant project entitled “Development and Economic Viability of Using Snake Plant Fiber as Raw Material for Handicraft Production” is spearheaded by Education Research Coordinator Sandra P. Mesina, and who handles biology courses in the University. She conceptualized the project to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of snake plant as fiber source initially for the handicraft industry. On a long-term basis, Sandra looks into the future of the snake plant not only as an ornament as it is used today in Siniloan but where ordinary famers could earn a living. And this is especially true when better and cheaper fiber extraction technologies will be developed and made available to Laguna farmers.

Sandra is assisted by two other ladies in the academe, Mrs. Rogacion U. Villanueva, who is currently serving as Education Production Coordinator, is in-charge of the production aspect of the project and because of their experience in fiber extraction, she believes that a better technique of extracting fibers from the leaves of the plant should be developed. The present technique that the project employs is by crashing the leaves and boiling for sometime. In the process, a highly odorous smell is experienced especially during the cleaning stage of the fibers.

Another lady faculty member, Gelzen R. Jamolin is LSPU’s Gender and Development Coordinator, who provides assistance in the design of different handicraft products and currently, she is concentrating on the designs of gift baskets and souvenir items.

Future success indicator of the project

In this kind of enterprise, the future of the plant as source of raw materials for handicraft production could be dictated later by the attractiveness or uniqueness of product designs and prices. On the other hand, project implementation’s success may be gauged ultimately by an indicator that when we see products out of the fibers of snake plant are made available in malls and shops in tourist destinations of the country. At least today in the Philippines, somebody had an eye on the plant that could easily be propagated and yet growing in varied conditions and in different places of the country.

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Air Pollution, Air Purifier, Air Quality, Fibers, Houseplant, Sansieveria, Snake Plant

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting - ornamental and enhancing air quality. You could have added an image of it too - siva

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author avatar Carlos Andam
26th Aug 2014 (#)

yes thank you! actually, i tried but the pics were not uploaded as the files were too large and i did not know to make a remedy.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
27th Aug 2014 (#)

I have added two pictures.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Aug 2014 (#)

Great Carlos. It makes the article complete! siva

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author avatar Siony u.villanueva
28th Aug 2014 (#)

nice handicraft.thank you sir....

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author avatar Siony u.villanueva
28th Aug 2014 (#)

nice handicraft..

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author avatar Carlos Andam
28th Aug 2014 (#)

write your own thoughts & publish them here at wikinut...

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author avatar Dada
29th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Sir for featuring our project in your article, we will continue to venture on the potentials of this plant.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
4th Sep 2014 (#)

yes do it!

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author avatar Harvey Dulay
1st Sep 2014 (#)

A novel development to lift up fiber industry thru alternative raw material.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
4th Sep 2014 (#)

that's right!

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author avatar Cecil castillo
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Very helpful! Thank you Dr. Andam!! Actually 3 years ago one of our students produced an ordinary cloth from snake plant or we called this plant as espada in their science investigatory project (SIP)

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author avatar Carlos Andam
4th Sep 2014 (#)

thanks for appreciating my write-up!

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author avatar RAUL ALAMBAN
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Great article! Surely it will create awareness and interests among technologists and producers. One thing is to include information on market potentials of natural fibers citing perhaps potential income and benefits to adoptors.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
4th Sep 2014 (#)

yes, join us at wikinut & continue your writing hobby!

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author avatar Michelle B. Revalbos
9th Sep 2014 (#)

Espada is the local names of that plant, if i am not mistaken mr. rico mejia of Siniloan National High School had already study about the fiber content of the snake plant. If the snake plant will propagate well, that could be another good source of fiber for handicrafts, we can create another products out of snake plant.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks for you comments! If you know somebody who is using the fibers for handicraft making, please let me know.

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author avatar Xirna R. Marundan
17th Sep 2014 (#)

At first, Im not so familiar with snake plant, and in this article gave me the hint that the plant you are referring to is the so called espada in Siniloan. Amazing. Keep it up!

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author avatar Carlos Andam
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Yes, and there are a lot in Siniloan, Laguna.

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author avatar Liza Marie Manoos
22nd Sep 2014 (#)

Once a writer, always a writer! Snake plant pl ito sir! I've known it with its local name. This plant has other varieties. Are they included in this study?

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author avatar Carlos Andam
22nd Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks for your comment! there are many varieties and maybe best to have a separate article on that.

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author avatar Mark Angeles
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

Another interesting article, I will share it to my learners in the community. Thanks!

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author avatar Carlos Andam
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

Yes & try to get a fruit and cook & you will taste what a breadfruit is...

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author avatar Rocelleynes
24th Sep 2014 (#)

the feature about snake plants is very interesting i will share it with my learners.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you for sharing, that's educating your learners and tell them also to grow the plant!

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author avatar Rocelleynes
24th Sep 2014 (#)

I once had a chance of cooking breadfruits well its delicious and can be a good source of carbohydrate which is really good for growing children.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
24th Sep 2014 (#)

This comment is for my article on breadfruit, anyway, thanks too for reading that article!

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author avatar ADRIEL
30th Sep 2014 (#)

Another great project spearheaded by the College of Teacher Education, LSPU Siniloan. Thank you Dr. Andam for making this article available in the internet. I believe that through this article many will be encouraged to join the project.

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author avatar Adriel
30th Sep 2014 (#)

I really like this article coz it appreciates the works of my teachers :) Thank ma'am Sandra, Ma'am Rogacion, and Ma'am Gelzen. This article proves that indeed the university has its committed faculty

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author avatar Carlos Andam
3rd Oct 2014 (#)

I am hoping that this will become a program of the College of Teacher Education of LSPU through your concerted effort.

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author avatar Elaine
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

There is no doubt that a piece of your generous heart is really for LSPU Siniloan po. The university specifically the College of Teacher Education should be truly grateful to you for promoting its project. Congratulations Ate Dada, Ate Siony and sis Gelzen!=)

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author avatar Carlos Andam
3rd Oct 2014 (#)

Together, let's promote snake plant and make LSPU Siniloan Campus known for this project. Thank you for appreciating my write-up!

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author avatar Carlos Andam
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you for disseminating the information! I hope this will become an identity commodity of CTE.

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author avatar Roselyn A. Orejola
4th Oct 2014 (#)

I didn't know that snake plant is of good use before other than making my garden and home wonderful until now. Thank you for your brilliant write-up.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you! please help in disseminating the information.

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author avatar Louelyn Frias
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Sir actually i'm familiar to the plant but i didn't know that the name of the plant is snake plant, snake plant is good for the Garden. Thank you sir

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author avatar Clarisse Abellera
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Very Nice Project :)

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author avatar Carlos Andam
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you for reading the article!

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author avatar Dorothy Lopez
10th Oct 2014 (#)

wow.never thought po that the espada plant can help in cleaning the air..and also that it can generate job and income for its fibers.AMAZING TEAM po.. nakakaproud naman po..CTE-LSPU Siniloan Go!

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author avatar Carlos Andam
17th Oct 2014 (#)

yes indeed, please help in disseminating the information. Thank you!

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author avatar Jana marienel frane
10th Oct 2014 (#)

informative write up po.gudluck po sa team!

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author avatar Jane marienel l. frane
12th Oct 2014 (#)

it will be a great help, thanks on your healthy mind!

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author avatar Carlos Andam
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you for reading the article! please help disseminate this healthy news.

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author avatar Jassel Anne S. Alcantara
13th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks to Maam Rogasyon! :) for taking advantage to this idea. I really appreciate it! Thank you Maam :* <3

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author avatar Carlos Andam
25th Oct 2014 (#)

sure, she will read your encouraging comment, thank you!

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author avatar Siony u. villanueva
14th Oct 2014 (#)

thank you for appreciating our project!

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author avatar Allysa watson
15th Oct 2014 (#)

it is so nice to know that the snake plant can help to clean the air GOOD TEAM po :) goodluck po sa team

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author avatar Rodessa M. Sana
19th Oct 2014 (#)

that'very nice congratulations to the LSPU Siniloan

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author avatar Carlos Andam
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Allysa and Rodessa for appreciating the project, certainly, positive comments encourages the team!

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author avatar Regine isabedra
20th Oct 2014 (#)

ohh it so nice . thanks to our university president . it can help in our nature

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author avatar Carlos Andam
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Certainly, the President will read your comment, thank you!

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author avatar Lemmoriza solleza
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

great idea, it can help to minimize air pollution ! :)

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author avatar Cristine joy macasusi
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

ahhm .. that's good ..
its good to our school .. thats all thank you !

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author avatar Carlos Andam
27th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Lemmoriza and Christine for your nice comment!

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author avatar Jasmin quia
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

good job.. congratulations !! thank you and GODBLESS.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
27th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for commenting on the article! Pls help in disseminating the information.

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author avatar Aileen chavez
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

its so beautiful .. thank you

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author avatar Carlos Andam
27th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Aileen, please disseminate the information!

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author avatar Kathleen del rosario
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

thank you ! for this project ..

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author avatar Jm Estrella
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

making this project not also good for people in our surrounding but also in our beloved nature !!! i hope that more project to come like this and thank you for all the people especially to our president approved this kind of project and all the teachers...

To all the students fight for our nature, fight for the Earth..


and love our Country.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
2nd Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you for your nice comment, please help disseminate the information!

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author avatar Monica bahilango
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

good idea .. thank you

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author avatar Jm Estrella
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

making this project not also good for people in our surrounding but also in our beloved nature !!! i hope that more project to come like this and thank you for all the people especially to our president approved this kind of project and all the teachers...

To all the students fight for our nature, fight for the Earth..


and love our Country.

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author avatar Edralyn valeña
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

nice . it can beautify our surroundings .

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author avatar Carlos Andam
2nd Nov 2014 (#)

Indeed, because snake plant is an ornament in itself both for indoor and outdoor!

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

good post and thanks for sharing it with us.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
2nd Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks for your comment too!

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author avatar Florhaida v. pamatmat
27th Nov 2014 (#)

the articles about snake plant are informative. The project is admirable and can economically contribute to growers. And Sir you are a good writer. Congratulations.

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author avatar Carlos Andam
27th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks a lot for dropping by to read my peace! Please write and share your thoughts at wikinut.

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author avatar Marife B. Acelajado
9th Dec 2014 (#)

i really amazed the benefits of snake plants....thank you sir for the very informative article...

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author avatar Carlos Andam
2nd Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you too for dropping by to read my article!

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author avatar Michael
9th Feb 2015 (#)

nice topic . thanks sir

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author avatar Michael
9th Feb 2015 (#)

i will make a thesis on the snake plant. promise :)

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author avatar Mikka taleon
16th Feb 2015 (#)

your so creative and hard working po. ;-)

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author avatar Diana cabiling
16th Feb 2015 (#)

try it with diffent colors! its amazing!

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author avatar Rose ann de rosas
16th Feb 2015 (#)

its interesting!

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author avatar Claire Tapel
6th Jan 2016 (#)

It is great that we discovered what snake plant can do in our environment.

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author avatar Carmela Mae Jamilano
6th Jan 2016 (#)

It is amazing that our school was discovered that kind of plant. And it is very interesting topic.

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author avatar Cherrylyn magano
6th Jan 2016 (#)


I agree the concept that making this project not also good for people in our surrounding but also in our nature. It will also create awareness and interest to the plants lover. thank you for sharing your knowledge about that matter.

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