Biological air filters placed in chemical laboratory

An initiative was put in place for the moss wall in the Chemistry Lab of “Luciano Motroni” High School, an idea that came from the students of this school. The purpose of this activity was to place these plants in the chemistry laboratory, considering the necessity for air filtration in this laboratory where there is a particular chemical air pollution.

Mosses are important fighters of air pollutants. Dust and other agents present in the air can contain a range of potentially hazardous contaminants, such as mold smoke particles and chemical gases. When people inhale dust into the air, they are at risk from a variety of respiratory diseases and beyond. Placing molds indoors and especially in a chemistry lab where there is high release of such gases helps eliminate this chemical contamination.

Biological air filters such as mosses also play a large role in regulating the room temperature by cooling the air during the summer and serving as isolators in the cold. Another equally important role that mosses play is the regulation of air humidity. This is one of the most interesting and useful moss attributes - that it can absorb moisture from the air when the humidity is high and then release it back into the air when the humidity is low.

So, placing the moss wall panel in the chemistry lab at “Luciano Motroni” High School will serve as an important intervention that will have a role in creating a higher quality air and better health for students who attend this space.

This activity is made possible by the 'Civil Society Program for Albania and Kosovo”, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) in partnership with Partners Albania for Change and Development (PA).