Human beings have an innate need to connect with nature, a concept known as biophilia. It’s no surprise then that the presence of plants in our indoor environment has been proven to reduce our stress levels and improve our feeling of well-being. We spend a significant amount of our time indoors and in urban environments, which can be detrimental to our mental and physical health. Adding plants to your indoor environment can help to alleviate stress and boost happiness by connecting us to nature.
What company wouldn’t want to maximise the productivity of it’s staff? Well, plants can do just that. Research has shown that plants have a calming effect, particularly for those working at computer screens for more than four hours a day, but when plants are introduced into the working environment concentration is improved and productivity can rise by up to 12%.
Plants are great at absorbing toxins in our indoor environments. Indoor contaminants from furniture, insulation and carpets can cause a variety of complaints such as respiratory irritation, dizziness, headaches, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting and even allergic reactions. This can often lead to poor levels of concentration, lower productivity levels and increased sickness absence. Plants absorb toxins, including carbon dioxide, through their leaves and growing medium and emit oxygen for us to breathe, perfect recycling.
Greenery provides warmth and colour in the form of living art. Interior plants improve the personal working environment by making rooms, work areas and buildings more aesthetically pleasing and perceptually stimulating. Studies have shown that people who feel ‘at home’ in their working environment are less likely to take time off.
Plant leaves absorb background noise through their leaves, cutting down distractions due to office interference. Plants also create their own micro-climate and absorb heat, reducing the amount of air conditioning necessary.
Low humidity in working environments can cause skin complaints, asthma and frequent colds. As plants return over 90% of all water we give to them back into the atmosphere they are very efficient at raising humidity levels and therefore alleviating some of these problems. Plants can increase the atmosphere humidity by some 10% to 15%.