LBN Weekly Eco Tip #2

Tip 2 – Keep an Office Plant

6 Reasons to Keep a Plant in Your Home Office

1. Less Stress

A 2010 study by the new University of Technology, Sydney, found significant reductions in stress among workers when plants were added to their workspace.

The results found lower levels of tension and anxiety (37%), depression and melancholy (58%), anger and hostility (44%), and fatigue (38%).

2. More Productivity

Researcher Dr Chris Knight found that adding just one plant per square metre improved memory retention and helped employees score higher on other basic tests in this research conducted in 2014 by the University of Exeter.

The study showed an overall productivity increase of 15% when plants could be seen from the employee’s desks. 

Additionally, Norwegian Prof. Dr. Tøve Fjeld, of the Agricultural University of Norway, Oslo, published a 2018 blog post, “Benefits of Office Plants,” which found that “plants in offices can improve the sense of well-being and health, ” and that “effectiveness at work can be improved both through the reduction in health problems and an increased sense of well-being.”

3. Reduces Illness

An earlier study by Prof. Dr. Tøve Fjeld, published in 2000 entitled “The Effect of Interior Planting on Health and Discomfort Among Workers and School Children,” found ill health and discomfort levels to be around 25% lower when around plants in indoor spaces compared to without plants.

The lowered symptoms included fatigue, concentration problems, dry skin and irritation of the nose and eyes.

Some of the outcomes may be linked to registering a positive change in environment, thus creating a more positive mood.

4. Cleaner Air

The University of Technology Sydney Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Research Group found that indoor plants can help reduce carbon dioxide levels by about 10% in air-conditioned offices, and by about 25% in buildings without air conditioning.

Palms remove the most carbon dioxide, but any type of plant greatly reduces the volatile organic chemicals in a room. Medium or larger plants work best!

5. A Quieter Space

A 1995 study by researchers at London South Bank University found that “plants offer absorption, diffraction and reflection of sound. … Plants alter room acoustics by reducing the reverberation time which is usually considered a benefit. The acoustic performance of plants is best in an acoustically live room that has hard surfaces such as marble walls, exposed concrete and stone floors.” A quieter office space is only a plant away!

Tip: Positioning larger plant pots throughout the edges and corners of a room has the greatest impact, according to a.

6. Boosts Creativity

The 2015 Human Spaces report also found that employees whose offices included natural elements scored 15% higher for creativity than those whose offices didn’t include such elements. A connection to nature and the natural world creates a positive emotional response and boosts our overall happiness.

The report highlights Attention Restoration Theory, which suggests that looking at nature can shift the brain into a different processing mode, making you feel more relaxed and better able to concentrate, thus boosting your creativity.


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