There is a wealth of documented scientific study into the beneficial effects of live plants in the interior environment including that from a large NASA programme. Below is a brief summary of this research and our specific recommendations for people who work more than a few hours a day at a desk or workstation.
Plants are proven to remove harmful contaminants in the air
Inside our homes and workplaces we have air conditioning, improved insulation, and energy-saving devices that reduce air exchange in buildings, so we breathe the same stale air, over and over again.
Construction materials used today, modern synthetic furnishings, computers, electrical equipment, and everyday household products such as cleaning materials, all produce harmful substances that are trapped inside the building. Polluted indoor air is contaminated by organic compounds, which are a major cause of headaches, nausea, sore & itchy eyes, loss of concentration and other “sick building” symptoms. The simple addition of interior plants is a natural way to help remove these pollutants significantly.
Plants help to balance humidity levels
When humidity levels are too low, people are significantly more likely to develop viral infections. By contrast, when humidity levels are too high, vulnerability to other disease increases. Plants help to control humidity within the ideal range for good health.
Plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen
Aside from reducing the carbon footprint, increased oxygen levels make people feel better and lead to increased concentration and productivity. Some research shows this to be up to 18%.
Other Benefits of Indoor Plants
As well as purifying the air we breathe the presence of indoor plants has also been shown to have many other beneficial effects. These include the following and which is why we strongly recommend every person who has to spend much of their time at a desk or workstation has a small terrarium on their desk to look at and care for.
- Increased positive feelings and reduced feelings of anxiety, anger and sadness.
- Reduction of stress levels.
- Improved concentration levels leading to improved productivity particularly with those working at desks and with computers.
- Reduction of absenteeism in the workplace
- Faster recovery from mental tiredness.
Terrariums really do bring health, peace, inspiration and the joy of nature to the workspace.