Plants & Your Health
Plants don’t just appear beautiful, they also dramatically improve the look and feel of your office environment.
Interestingly, research at NASA has revealed that plants filter the air, and can help overcome today’s common high-tech ill, sick building disease.
Almost every office is bombarded with toxic fumes from furniture, carpets, office cleaning products, photocopiers and printers. Research has also found that exposure to these chemicals often results in a feeling of being under the weather, with dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and respiratory illnesses. In some cases there can even be severe allergic reactions.
Unless these symptoms are overcome, this can result in poor concentration and increases in sick leave.
Plants - The Solution
Plants Will Clean Your Office Air!
Research conducted by NASA Space Administration has yielded some very interesting findings.
In a long term experiment conducted by Dr Bill Wolverton at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, it was found that regular house plants have the capability of converting irritating chemical air pollutants into harmless substance.
NASA was looking for a safe, natural filtering process for space laboratories and as a result discovered that about a dozen common indoor plants, can remove toxic gases effectively. Interestingly, many of these gases are found in most modern offices and are by-products of our technological age.
How Many Plants do You Need?
If potted ivies or peace lilies can help clean up space shuttles, what could they do in your own office ?
Well, NASA recommend that you install around eight to ten plants in the average sized home. Considerably more than this number are required in the office environment where air pollutants from printers, photocopiers and furnishings are abundant.
America's Foliage for Clean Air Council suggests that you install one plant for every 100 square feet of space.
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