Houseplants, real live plants in all forms from trees to succulents to common spider plants are good to have in your home. Not only does adding a plant or two at home make a room look lived in, authentic & comfortable. They will enhance your indoor air quality. Increase your mood. Perk up your productivity. Reduce stress levels. And keep you healthier.
Likewise, adding a plant to your cubicle or workplace will also keep you healthier. Visit our blog featuring Jessica Alba’s Office Design.
Correspondingly there are many many articles and research studies both old and new on the effects of indoor houseplants and air quality. As a matter of fact, these studies range from NASA to most Colleges. That being said, house plant studies over years conclude that incorporating plants into your home will improve its air quality.
Reducing VOC’s or Volatile Organic Chemicals is a very hot topic among interior designers & decorators. As well as homeowners. And paint, flooring & furniture manufacturers alike. There is probably not a home decor or home goods category that does not pay attention to VOC emissions in the home.
Furthermore, a research study in 1989 by NASA regarding Sick Building Syndrome concluded that introducing plants into an environment improved its air quality. Results showed that most VOC’s had been removed and symptoms disappeared. Visit, spinoff.nasa.gov for more information.
And the consensus from these studies is that indoor houseplants have the ability to reduce air pollutants. Interestingly, the plants in the Penn State study were commonly found, low cost, low maintenance plants with rich foliage.
In addition, an improvement in health and reduction in symptoms of discomfort have also been recognized as benefits of incorporating plants into your environment. Whether at work or at home plants reduce toxins and increase air quality.
My Simple Real Life Truth (just the other day) I’ve wanted to buy an Aloe Plant ~ At a recent visit to our local grocery store at which they have a fabulous floral department. And as you enter, you are greeted by a large display of cut flowers & plants. And now I realize, it just makes you feel good when you walk through the door. Fortunately for me, there it was, my Aloe plant. It just looked so healthy and beautiful I had to buy it. I’m not quite sure how to use it yet, but it makes me happy.
One last comment, because green plants are so effective for interior air quality, why don’t we see them more often in public spaces? For instance, college campuses, airports, offices (and not just in the lobby), restaurants, hotels & retail locations. In view of that, bring a plant into your office & up the air quality while improving your happiness and productivity just like my Aloe plant 🙂
So thanks for stopping by today, we hope you’ve left inspired ~ Nancy
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