With the Polar Vortex billowing snow and ice upon Americans this winter in epic proportions, most people are likely not spending a plethora of time outdoors. If you’re anything like me, the closest you’re getting to braving the cold for an extended period of time is watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Despite the freezing temperatures, we humans still have an extensive need to be connected to nature.
By decorating your business with indoor plants, you can enrich the space with nature’s refreshing presence year round. How does one stay in tune with the natural world without the threat of slipping or frostbite in the dead of winter?
You see plant life everywhere you turn: your office, the shopping mall, the bank, the hotel. But many buildings you spend significant time in every week are devoid of all things green and growing. To help aid your effort in adding a touch of nature to your professional surroundings, we here at Greener on the Inside listed “3 Reasons Why You Need More Plants in Your Life” below. Enjoy the list and add your thoughts and ideas in the comments at the bottom of the page.
Unless you’re an avid reader of Biologist, Edward O. Wilson, or really into Icelandic recording artist Björk , you’re probably saying to yourself “Bio-whaty?” Biophilia is the term made famous by E. O. Wilson, that describes the theory that all humans have an instinctive need for nature. When you think about Biophilia on the surface, it doesn’t appear to be a revolutionary idea. People like to go for walks and be outside. Being out in nature often leaves people happy and refreshed.
However, be it for work or weather related reasons, you probably do not spend as much time as you’d like outside. Biophilic Design has emerged as a highly influential trend in the ways businesses are constructing and decorating their facilities. Whether its an employee or customer, businesses want to make people feel at ease inside their buildings and by evoking the natural world with the way they design their space they can achieve this.
Plants Are Secretly Productivity Ninjas
Need to kick your employees’ productivity into high gear? Numerous studies have shown that the presence of plants in an office can increase the productivity level at which employees complete tasks. For example, a study recently conducted in Norway and the United States found that “participants who were sat at a desk with flowers and plants showed more improvement on the attention task than those sitting at an empty desk.”
So how is the Sanseveria that sits atop your cabinet file help you to be more productive? There are a number of theories on this topic but one likely reason is that employees are happy that their employers valuer their workplace experience by beautifying the office with well-maintained office plants. Another explanation for the reason behind plants’ productivity powers, could be the noise-canceling effect greenery can have in an interior space through sound absorption, deflection and refraction. How often is your daily work interrupted by noise? Quieter workplaces often result in more productive employees.
Plants Are Air-Cleaning Aces
If your business promote wellness and a health, plants can not only make your space a more beautiful place but actually make the air everyone in the office breathes cleaner. Not to give you a panic attack but most indoor spaces contain objects that release toxins into the air. A NASA study in 1989 found that indoor plants can remove toxins like benzene and formaldehyde. By removing these toxins from the air, plant can reduce the effects of Sick-Building Syndrome and lowering the number of sick days employees take annually.
Plants like philodendron and golden pothos topped NASA’s list for the best species to reduce toxins from an interior. Other list-topping species include, English Ivy, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily and Chamaedorea Seifrizii.
Research has shown that leaves, roots as well as soil bacteria play a role in reducing the levels of toxins in the air within an indoor environment.
Do you have any other reasons in mind on why one would need more plants in their life? Share below in the comments!
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