The Case for the Humble Office Plant


Many of us underestimate the impact that a little greenery can make in our drab-as-Monday-morning offices.

In my first job after graduation, I worked in a place filled with lush greenery. Granted, I had to walk up a hill every single day to get there, but I realised how much I took my surroundings for granted. How wonderful it was to be right in the middle of almost a forest.

This is a picture of one of my work spots. I used to sit at random spots around the office to soak up the sun. This had an immense effect on my mood and morale and this is what I miss the most.

Unfortunately not everyone has the same luxury of this kind of surroundings.

Of course, adding some greenery into your workplace goes far beyond enhancing the aesthetics of the space or having some kind of distraction in the office where you can tinker around with when you are bored.

Believe it or not, introducing plants into the office space has been linked to improvements in mental and physical health and well-being.

From improving creativity and focus and reducing blood levels, anxiety and stress, studies have found that workplaces with indoor greenery are 15% more productive than those without.

As offices are a combination of harmful toxins emitted by computers, printers, clothing and even carpet, indoor plants make a great air purifier as they’re proven to remove toxins from the air (through photosynthesis).

Need more convincing? Even NASA recommends placing a potted plant per 100 square feet to improve indoor air quality.

Benefits of Indoor Plants

  • Naturalisation of indoor air
  • Purification of indoor air
  • Reduces harmful chemicals / toxins such as toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air and others emitted by our technology devices, clothing and also especially for carpeted area
  • Improved cognitive performance
  • .... and salad! 

Why you're at it, why not get a plants that can make its way onto your lunch table too? ;)

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