The Snake Plant Effects (Part II)

Carlos Andam By Carlos Andam, 30th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The snake plant effect is not simply its ornamental value in homes and offices but a natural air bio-purifier, based from two studies and an exploratory to support a local handicraft industry. Read on to learn from these studies. Part I is about the plant and the U. S. study. Part II here is about the Indian study and Philippine initiative to support the handicraft industry.

A Research in India

In India, a study made by Paharpur Business Centre and Software Technology Incubator Park identified the snake plant as one of the three plants to induce a healthy change. The three plants, after a 15-year trial, proved a 42% probability of increasing blood oxygen by 1% if one is inside the building for 10 hours, the incidence of eye irritation reduced by 52%, lower respiratory symptoms by 34%, headaches by 24%, upper respiratory symptoms by 20%, lung impairment by 10 -12% and asthma by 9%.

A Philippine Initiative

The Laguna State Polytechnic University is currently exploring the viability and economic feasibility using the snake plant as fiber source to support the local handicraft industry particularly for bags, gift baskets, slippers, placemats, souvenir items, and other handicraft products. An all lady-professors of the university, four of them, composed the team exploring the usew of this plant. Headed by Sandra Mesina as project leader, and Rogacion Villanueva, Gelzen Jamolin, and Sandy Jessie Lynn Leobrera as members. Recently, they visited the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) as part of their benchmarking activities, and they were so excited about the many uses of the fibers aside from what they originally thought.

One of the problems that the team experience is the difficulty in extracting the fibers from the leaves of the snake plant. They are now thinking of mechanizing the process of extraction, something similar to the abaca decorticator. This possibility is clearly demonstrated by the PTRI technician when the team visited that institute.


So, by all indications from these studies and the many write-ups or articles written available in the internet, the snake plant is indeed an air bio-purifier that is very appropriate in homes and offices. Its fiber, too, can be made useful as a raw material for livelihood or business ventures. Even those who claim not to be blessed with a green thumb certainly will be able to grow the snake plant even in pots. (CJ Andam, SP Mesina & GR Jamolin)


Fibre Source, Fibres, Handicraft, Natural Fibres, Snake Plant

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author avatar rogacion u.villanueva
7th Dec 2015 (#)

Dr. Carlos Andam , nice article congratulations ,more !

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author avatar Ava joy v. ramos
6th Jan 2016 (#)

It is so good that Laguna State Polytechnic University is using this kind of plant, which is the snake plant. It will be essential to all the people especially for those people that have snakeplant in their houses or backyards. It is very helpful not only in health but also in the livelihood or business ventures because of the fiber of this plant.The fibers of it can be made bags, gift baskets, slippers, placemat and etc. And I think this will be helpful also to those people who needed business. So thank you for doing the study of the snakeplant. :)

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author avatar roda
16th Jan 2016 (#)

Before we have snake plant planted along the foot road but now its gone, had the elders known its benefits maybe they'll have it planted in abundance. i am now thinking of having snake plant on pots inside my house. Thanks to Dr. Andam

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