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In addition to being a bright and colourful addition to the workplace, numerous studies have proven the benefits of having indoor plants in the office. From improving your mental health and wellbeing to purifying the air, the advantages of indoor greenery are endless.
Considering many of us spend at least a third of each day working, it comes as no surprise that biophilic design (the use of natural elements indoors) has become so popular. There is a huge range of stunning indoor plants, so which ones are the best for improving productivity and wellbeing in the office?
According to the studies conducted by the University of Technology, the beautifully leafy is an indoor plant which promotes numerous health benefits indoors. In addition to being a hardy plant which is nearly impossible to kill, the philodendron is universally recognised as one of the best varieties for clearing indoor air of excess carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Considering VOCs are often linked with drowsiness and headaches, it makes sense that the humble philodendron is the perfect choice if you’re looking to improve productivity.
Many workplaces call for dim or low lighting. Employees can often become depressed when working in dark and enclosed spaces, so a hardy indoor plant is crucial to combatting the workday blues. In these environments, the snake plant (also known as Sansevieria) is your plant of choice.
In addition to its vibrant colour, which is sure to brighten up any office space, snake plants are also known to absorb particulate matter and VOCs from their air, thereby promoting a healthier work environment.
In Chinese tradition and Feng Shui practices, the Peace Lily symbolises peace and tranquillity (as its name suggests). Picture-perfect and the perfect centrepiece of the office, this stunning lily grows well in low-light locations and can still thrive in cold, dry environments.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about Peace Lilies is that according to the NASA Clean Air Study, they have the ability to break down and neutralise a range of toxic gases including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and benzene. This makes them one of the most effective plants when it comes to removing harmful VOCs from your environment.
Another favourite of NASA, Dracaena cincta (also known as Dracaena marginata) is a tough and hardy plant that is popular in many indoor spaces. In addition to its ability to absorb harmful VOCs, the dracaena is also able to absorb traces of acetone and improve overall air quality.
When it comes to aesthetics, the dracaena doesn’t disappoint either, often used as a screening plant and providing a lush oasis in the middle of a busy office.
For a plant that’s both attractive and low maintenance, it’s hard to go past the simple agave. Easily grown in pots, this drought-resistant succulent is the perfect addition to any workplace.
Like many other indoor plants, agave promotes many health benefits by filtering harmful VOCs. In addition to this, agave nectar is an amazing multi-purpose ingredient. It can be used as a topical application for wounds, as a food additive to lower cholesterol, and as a skin and hair treatment!