National Plants at Work Week

June 23, 2017

National Plants at Work Week, an eFig initiative, which aims to promote the benefits of plants runs from 10th to 14th July and is fast approaching . At GP Plantscape we would like to encourage you to become involved in any way you can.  After all which business doesn’t want to maximise productivity and reduce time taken off sick? Not to mention reducing any pollution in the air.  It is a well-known fact that we spend more time indoors than outdoors (roughly 90% indoors) and that air pollution indoors can be 10 times more polluted than outdoor air (Environment Protection Agency – EPA). So how can plants help?

Here are seven good reasons why we should surround ourselves with plants at work or at school:

  1. They are good for our general well-being
  2. They reduce the time we take sick
  3. Plants clean the air around us and refresh it with oxygen for us to breathe
  4. They help to keep us stress free
  5. Surprisingly plants make us more productive by as much as 12% – 38% …
  6. … and more creative by 45%
  7. Plants help to fulfil our need for nature (the biophilia concept recognised by Richard Louv)

So how can you become involved? National Plants at work Week recommends a 7 x 7 plan which is about taking just 7 minutes every day for 7 days to engage with nature. Here are some suggestions on how you cant participate.

  1. Making sure you have a plant on or near your desk and taking time to admire it
  2. Take your coffee break outside or in a planted ‘break-out’ area
  3. If you are lucky enough to have green space outside of your workplace, enjoy your seven minutes looking out at the space
  4. Take a walk around the park
  5. Buy a plant for your home office desk or gift someone a plant
  6. Watch an online webinars during your lunch break on YouTube on the benefits of plants. Here’s one you might like.
  7. Plan how you can increase the 7 minutes a day once National Plants at Work Week is over

If you want to learn more about how plants can have a positive influence on your life have a read at this leaflet. You can also follow the activities of National Plants at work week on twitter using #plantsatworkweek.

We’d love to hear how you have celebrated National Plants at Work Week so please get in touch and let us know what you have been up to.