Improve your health and productivity with indoor plants
Posted by Susan Bachman West, executive director of perishable operations
Monday, March 31, 2014
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is among the world’s top five environmental health risks, so it’s something everyone should consider. And work to improve.
Ever heard of sick building syndrome? It’s real and a common risk for people, especially those in sealed office buildings. Our surroundings and the toxins in the air affect our mood, perceptions, and energy levels, plus our susceptibility to sickness. That doesn’t bode well for overall health and productivity.
The good news is there’s an easy way to fight this, even in the midst of Minnesota’s mean winter: green plants.
Plants help us by absorbing air pollutants (from carpet, fabric, furniture, etc.) and actually turn them into “food.” Rooms with plants may actually contain 50% fewer airborne molds and bacteria than rooms without. In addition to cleaning the air, indoor plants control the humidity and add moisture to the air to keep it at recommended rates. Without plants, the room may dip below what’s needed for optimum health. That’s not good for your skin and could increase vulnerability to illness.
Ultimately, what this means is if you add green plants to your office space, not only do you get beautiful added ambiance, but you increase your odds for better energy and health, and consequently, creativity and productivity. Who doesn’t want that in their home and office? It’s a win-win.