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Why You Need Plants in Your Office

By Sara Butler

Plants can add a nice touch to your office decorations, but they do a lot more than just make your office more inviting. Plants can also have a positive impact on your health. 

Just think about how much time you spend inside. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the poor quality of indoor air can lead to several different health problems such as headaches, throat irritation, eye fatigue, and dizziness. Plants are a great way to help improve the environment in your little corner of the office and make it a little prettier. Here are some plants you should consider adding to your cubicle to improve your air quality.

Indoor Air Quality – How Bad is it?

The fact of the matter is that there are many things that make the air quality inside bad – and a few of them may surprise you. These things can impact air quality:

  • Upholstery
  • Furnishings
  • Building materials
  • Cleaning products
  • Outdoor pollutants that get inside

Ventilation in your office building may be lacking, especially in older buildings. That can result in even worse air quality.

How Plants Can Help

NASA actually did a study in the 1980s about indoor air quality and the results of that study still apply today. They found that plants act as air filters and humidifiers in an office environment and help to filter pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds out of the air to make it healthier for you. Plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, and the microbes in the potting soil break down toxins in the air.

The Best Plants

If you want to improve your indoor air quality, then you need to use one of these plants in your office:

  • Spider plants – These plants grow great in low or medium light, and they are great at filtering out formaldehyde that is released in the air from floor coverings, pressed wood products, and grocery bags.
  • Peace lily – A pretty plant that is low maintenance, these plants work great in low light and will work in a windowless office. They’re great for filtering out trichloroethylene, a pollutant found in paint, adhesives, lacquers, and printing ink.
  • Gerbera daisies – These plants make you feel happy just looking at them, and they’re great in full sun. They also help to filter out benzene, a pollutant released by plastics, inks, and paints.

You need to have one potted plant per 100 square feet to make a difference in your indoor air quality, so go for it!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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