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Celebrate Arbor Week: 5 reasons to invest in indoor plants

01 Sep 2017

Arbor week is taking place from 1 to 7 September 2017, and although traditionally it was a week meant to remind us how important trees are to the natural environment, we can use this opportunity to consider how plants can positively impact the interior environment.

There is a steady growing body of research which confirms the health and productivity benefits of indoor plants proving that plants not only enhance your workplace aesthetically, but also improve the health of colleagues in the workplace.

There is a steady growing body of research which confirms the health and productivity benefits of indoor plants proving that plants not only enhance your workplace aesthetically, but also improve the health of colleagues in the workplace.  

Ambius shares 5 good reasons to invest in indoor plants this September…

1. Plants reduce carbon dioxide:

In areas where large numbers of people breathe the same air (like offices), workers are often exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2). Once considered a benign indoor air pollutant, CO2 can significantly impair cognitive functioning, especially productive decision making. Office plants combat this by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, quite literally breathing new life into enclosed spaces.  

2. Plants reduce VOCs

Carbon dioxide isn’t the only thing affecting air quality. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), commonly found in a wide array of building materials and cleaning products, are the primary cause of both acute and chronic diseases including cancer and neurological failure. 

A study conducted by Dr. BC Wolverton, of NASA, indicated that indoor plants can remove up to 87% of VOCs from an interior environment over a 24-hour period. 

3. Plants reduce dust particles

Plants also attract dust, which means that their presence can reduce airborne particles by up to 20%, thus reducing the most common cause of headaches and asthma.  Healthier employees mean fewer days off sick and better productivity levels.

4. Plants reduce stress levels

Norwegian and Swedish institutes have conducted studies in offices to determine whether plants impact sick leave, productivity and work stress. The results of their study showed that the presence of indoor plants generally improved the employees’ feelings of well-being and reduced work stress levels, resulting in happier, more productive workers.

5. The colour green is calming

Colour therapy, a holistic therapy dating back thousands of years, maintains that green is the colour of healing, and that along with blue, it is the best colour for creating a calm atmosphere.

The colour of indoor plants is believed to stimulate both the brain and the digestive system, and even reduce stress factors that lead to shaking, tremors and twitching.

A study conducted in 1984 revealed that hospital patients that had a window with a view over a park or greenery recovered twice as fast as those who had a window overlooking a neighbouring building. 

So there you have it - 5 good reason to support Arbor Week by incorporating indoor plants into your office environment. 
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