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April 15, 2020

Power of Plants

Investing in indoor office plants for a returning workforce is more important than ever. Among many benefits, plants make employees more comfortable, more productive, more creative and healthier.

Plants make workers more creative, productive, and motivated while helping them stay calm, relaxed, and focused.

"Plants at work boost energy, reduce sick leave, and reduce eye strain. Plants also improve air quality by removing carbon dioxide, particulates, and harmful chemicals. Plants should be a part of every productive and happy workplace." NICH

Studies show plants in the workplace

  • Remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours

  • Reduce airborne bacteria by 50% to 60%

  • Increase reaction time 12% faster

  • Improve mood & wellness by 40% to 60%

  • Boost creativity & wellbeing by 15%

  • Reduce fatigue by 38%

  • Reduce tension and anxiety by 37%

  • Reduce depression by 58%

  • Reduce sound & noise pollution

  • Increase productivity by 6% while enhancing memory retention

  • Report 20% fewer sick days and less feelings of stress

  • Create a humidity level in the human comfort range of 30% to 60%

Benefits for returning employees may include

  • Adding a welcoming touch

  • Reducing stress levels

  • Creating isolation zones

  • Reinforcing distancing

  • Making the office warmer and less sterile

  • Showcasing employer's commitment to employee's health and wellbeing

  • Breaking up open plan workspaces thereby giving employees a sense of safety

  • Creating plant barriers to lessen the anxiety from a co-worker’s cough or sneeze

Plants can help clean indoor air, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air.

Scientists studied indoor plants as a way to purify the air and found they are a potent weapon for neutralizing nasty toxins. Below are some of the more effective detoxifying plants that remove carcinogens such as trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene – found in drapes, glues, paints, adhesives and numerous cleaning products – from the air you breathe every day.

Detoxifying Plants

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant

Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens)

Areca Palm Plant

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Sefritzii)

Bamboo Palm Plant

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)

Boston Fern Plant

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

Chinese Evergreen Plant

Chrysantheium Morifolium

Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)

Denbrobium Orchid

Denbrobium Purple Orchid Plant

English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

English Ivy Plant

Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)

Gerbera Daisy Plant

Golden Pothos (Scindapsus Aures)

Golden Pothos Plant

Heart Leaf (Philodendron Oxycardium)

Heart Leaf Philodendron Plant

Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa)

Lady Palm Plant

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace Lily Plant

Purple Waffle (Hemigraphis Alternata)

Purple Waffle Plant

Red Edged Dracaena

Red Edged Dracaena Plant

Rubber (Ficus Elastica)

Rubber Plant

Snake (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

Snake Plant

Spider (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Spider Plant

Dracaena Deremensis Warneckii

Warneck Dracaena Plant

Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)

Weeping Fig Plant

Introducing natural plants to a workspace can reinvigorate a lifeless interior and add colorful artistic flare.

Plants are free-form and organic yet clean and sculptural. They delight with their unpredictability yet reassure with their steady presence. Plants bring varying rich shades of green and offer a visually-meditative experience that enhances the perception of any workspace.