On March 2, 2011, we launched the Improve Your Plant/Life Balance campaign with the Put a Plant on Your Desk event, where we gave away 20,000 desk plants to help you to improve your Plant/Life Balance.

So why keep indoor plants?

Plants improve indoor air quality by removing harmful air pollutants present in the home and work environment including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from plastic or synthetic materials in furniture, fittings, computers and printers as well as carbon dioxide (CO2) from occupants? breathing. Indoor air is always more polluted than outdoors with VOCs known to cause headaches, loss of concentration, eye, nose and throat problems and with CO2 linked to drowsiness and lowered concentration. Indoor plants can reduce VOCs by 80% and CO2 by up to 25% (the more foliage, the better).

Indoor plants relieve staff stress and reduce negative mood states by up to 60% while offices with no plants increase stress and negativity by up to 40%. Just one office plant is enough to make all the difference in raising mood and reducing stress levels.

Indoor plants promote productivity and performance as well as add to workplace satisfaction. Comparison studies assessing workers who have plants in their office with those who don?t, show greater productivity and efficiency with improved concentration levels when plants are present.

Indoor plants improve your health and wellbeing by decreasing symptoms of coughing, dry throat, fatigue and dry, itchy facial skin. It has also been proven that cleaner air leads to better cardiovascular health and clearer thinking.

Office plants cut down staff sick leave by 60%.

Office plants enhance the perception of your property and business image. Plants in the foyer and office spaces give the impression that the company is trustworthy, warm and welcoming, well-run, concerned for staff welfare and comfortable to work with. They also beautify your workspace and are cheaper than other office decorating choices.

 

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