Plants & Our Health
Updated: Mar 4, 2018
Plants make us healthier. They provide increased levels of oxygen, which is extremely helpful at Colorado altitudes, increase memory retention (by 20%) and can even reduce stress!
A simple change can dramatically improve your work environment.
Plants promote workplace productivity
The physical environment directly affects an employee's ability and desire to work. Research shows that plants create a calming influence, yet can stimulate the mind and senses improving focus and performance while elevating the mood. Plants are a natural and vital part of a productive workplace.
Plants cleanse the air
Contemporary buildings are sealed tightly to increase HVAC efficiency while meeting codes and laws. This has given rise to 'Sick Building Syndrome' where man-made pollutants are trapped. Research has proved that the plants commonly used in the work environment will cleanse the air of many harmful pollutants. The Plants for Clean Air Council recommends at least one potted plant for each 100 square feet of floor space.
Plants keep humidity within a healthy range
When the air is too dry, people are more susceptible to colds and flu. When the humidity is too high molds and mildew are encouraged. Plants have a natural process of transpiration and evaporation. This can improve the balance of a sealed office environment.
For more information on the health benefits of plants, visit this Texas A&M website.