In 1989, NASA researchers set out to find the best ways to clean the air in space stations. Their Clean Air study found that plants are effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and ammonia from the air—chemicals that have been linked to health effects like headaches and eye irritation. Various live plants can help answer problems recently labeled as “sick building syndrome.” According to Dr. Wolverton (the lead scientist), only 8-15 well-placed plants will significantly improve the air quality in the average home or office.
Further interest in air quality has been promoted in part by a series of Harvard-University-led studies. One of the studies showed that better air quality can improve a person’s cognitive function. Another proved that fresh air brought in through plants and more active building ventilation improved employees’ performance. This is a benefit to the employer to outweigh the estimated added operation costs. A study at Washington State University concludes that live plants around employees help them be more productive and less stressed. Productivity and reaction time increased by 12%.
The Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Agriculture has also studied the Sick Building Syndrome and concluded that household/office live plants can absorb toxins that make us sick.
The following YouTube video explains it in more detail.
Decorating with Plants Helps Your Business
Having living plants around your workplace is good for business. Interior plants improve aesthetic beauty, increase employees’ productivity, reduce workplace stress, cut down on employee sick days, ensure a cleaner and healthier environment and improve your professional image with customers, to name but a few.
Various studies have concluded that live plants can improve tenant retention by 17%.
A clean environment promotes employee health and reduces sick days. Living plants help reduce airborne molds and bacteria by 60%.
Living plants enhance employee productivity by 12% as they create a stress-free environment.
As living plants have a positive impact on employees, they contribute to higher job satisfaction with reduced turnover.
Living plants are one of the best choices for interior decoration. They can enhance the perception of your corporate image.
So, if indoor air quality, employee productivity and an enhanced image are important to you, please give us a call so we can help you determine the best plants for your space – Plant Care – Creating Healthy Environments.