Thursday, April 15, 2010

Health Benefits of Plants

Did you know that there are harmful chemicals in the air you breathe every day? Did you know that plants in the office can reduce employee sick time by 14%? Are there any health benefits to having plants in your home or the building where you work?

There has been much research showing the direct impact of plants, but the most important impact is the removal of harmful air pollutants. Plants are able to neutralize such pollutants that are given off by various items in our offices and at home. Formaldehyde, for example, is one of the chemicals that can be removed by indoor plants. They do this mainly through their root zone. Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products. Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. There are many similar chemicals in the air you breath everyday that can easily be eliminated.

Different species of plants have different levels of capacity for pollutant removal efficiency. Maximum improvement of indoor air quality is achieved by using multiple species of plants for each location. The more leaves that are on a plant contributes to cleaner air quality. Adding just one plant can be sufficient enough to clean the air in a 100 sq. ft. area! It is no wonder that employee sick time can be reduced by 14 percent by adding greenery to the workplace environment.

So you see, plants are very beneficial to have around, not only visually, but also for improvement of indoor air quality which promotes a healthy environment in which to spend your time.

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Shaun Lewis

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