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Healthy living with plants

Modern living requires having plants in your home. We all feel more at home when we bring nature indoors. Since the creation of the earth, plants have been the provider of oxygen, food, medicine and protection. It is the feel of green in our homes and workplace that gives us pleasure and relaxation, and provides us with fresh air. As many of us are working in offices or living in our recently built cluster homes, we need plants to create a healthier climate inside. Plants give our homes a healthy, fresh appeal.

Building-related health problems

It is not easy to create an ideal indoor climate. It is either too warm or too cold. In winter when the heaters are on, the humidity drops to below 30%. Ideal humidity should be between 40 and 60%. Even in offices with efficient climate control systems, more than 25% of employees are not happy with the current indoor climate at their workplace. A bad indoor climate results in health related problems; headaches, skin problems, eye irritation and dry mucous membranes. This leads to loss of productivity, higher absenteeism and generally a bad mood at home.

Typical health-related problems in modern offices and homes:

  • Concentration problems
  • Eye irritation
  • Dry throat
  • Coughing
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Skin irritation
  • Fatigue

How plants create a healthy space

Plants in your home and workplace keep your ambient indoor climate cleaner and more stable. Plants improve the humidity levels, as they transpire water through their leaves. They absorb warmth, sound and filter the air of dust and harmful gasses. Research also shows that plants reduce stress levels and improve creativity. In short, plants enhance our mood and improve our general performance.

Decrease Absenteeism

Research was done in the radiology department of a Norwegian hospital to monitor the effects of plants in the workplace on the general health of employees. After having placed plants with artificial light in this department, the absenteeism decreased dramatically within six months from 15% to 5%. After five years this had stabilized at about 5,6%; an effective decrease of over 60%.

Dutch research has been done on the usage of plants in the office environment and at workstations. The research concluded that people working on a computer in excess of four hours per day generally feel better and are more productive than their counterparts who have no plants at their desks.

Plants for people

It is clear that owning indoor plants is a durable and fun solution to creating a healthy, pleasant and relaxing indoor environment. Furthermore plants improve creativity and productivity at the workplace.

Bring these wonders of nature indoors and take control of your mental and physical health.