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Why Plants?

business_corporate_17Live plants promote workplace productivity

Businesses have long realized that their physical environment directly affects their employee’s abilities and desire to work. Now, businesses are realizing that interior plants are a natural and vital part of productive workplace environments.

Live plants cleanse the air

The challenge is large and growing. Contemporary buildings are sealed tightly to increase HVAC efficiency. Inside those sealed environments, man-made articles such as paints, plastics, insulation, plywood, carpets, synthetic fabrics and detergents emit up to 300 harmful pollutants. However, leafy greenery help is available.

NASA-funded studies proved that plants commonly used in interior planscaping cleanse the air of many harmful pollutants. Material distributed by the Plants for Clean Air Council (PCAC), demonstrates that plants remove pollutants in varying quantities depending upon the species.

Live plants help keep humidity within a healthy range

When the air is too dry, people are susceptible to colds and flu. When the humidity is too high, people can develop other ailments. Through their natural processes of transpiration and evaporation, office plants add moisture to the dry overheated air often found in sealed office environments.

At the same time, studies show that plants do not add moisture in significant amounts when the air is already moist. A study conducted at Washington State University suggests that plants help regulate humidity. When plants were added to an office environment, the relative humidity stabilized within the recommended “healthy” range of 30 to 60%.

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