the benefits of plants in your indoor environment

The Urban Garden’s top 10 reasons to invite plants into your workplace:

  1. Plants help to soften and humanise sterile modern offices.
  2. They are inexpensive and low-maintenance. Aim for one floor standing or three table top for every 15 sq metres of floor space.
  3. Plants protect you and your staff against sick building syndrome. They act like mini air conditioners, sucking up carbon dioxide and releasing fresh oxygen.
  4. Plants also release water vapour into the air, counteracting the drying effects of heating and air conditioning, and bringing humidity closer to the ideal 30 to 60 percent range that prevents colds.  
  5. Research shows that plants make people feel happier and less stressed. Employees who feel relaxed and mentally agile are more productive.
  6. A well-designed indoor plant selection communicates a lot about your company’s brand values. At the very least you’ll show you’re environmentally aware.
  7. Plants improve acoustics, reducing background noise by absorbing and deflecting sound.
  8. Plants are portable and multi-purpose. You can use them as a friendly barrier to separate large areas into smaller “rooms, or subtly guide people along a certain path.
  9. Plants are also good for morale, as they demonstrate that the company cares about the health and wellbeing of employees. They have been found as likely to reduce sick days and absenteeism.
  10. They make visitors feel more comfortable and welcome. Retailers believe they increase customer spend, as relaxed shoppers are more likely to browse and buy.

For more information about the benefits of indoor plants, we invite you to take a look at these great resources from experts in the field:

Indoor Plants Do Clean The Air 
Interior Plants for Sustainable Facility Ecology and Workplace Productivity

Plant Soil Capacities
Plant/Soil Capacities to Remove Harmful Substances from Polluted Indoor Air

Potted Plant Microcosm Office Field Study: Office
The Potted Plant Microcosm Substantially Reduces Indoor Air Voc Pollution: Office Field Study

Potted Plant Microcosm Office Field Study: Laboratory
The Potted Plant Microcosm Substantially Reduces Indoor Air Voc Pollution: Laboratory Study

Removal of Benzene by Indoor Plant
Substrate Microcosm and Implications for Air Quality

Final Report to Horticulture Australia Ltd: Project NY06021
Greening the Great Indoors for Human Health and Wellbeing


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