Indoor plants in the office bring many benefits to the workers, and one of them is improving the air quality around the workspace.
According to a NASA study, indoor plants have the ability to clean the air you breathe by naturally recycling the air around the area. Research has proven that certain varieties of indoor plants can remove Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs that are dangerous to human health.
Here are the top five indoor plants for your office:
Golden Pothos is one of the most popular indoor plants because it can endure lower humidity, lower light and cooler temperatures compared to other plants. This plant can get rid of formaldehyde and carbon dioxide.
The peace lily, also known as spathiphyllum, is ideal for offices because it thrives in shade. This plant only needs a temperature below 55°F, thus, it can grow even in low office lighting. Furthermore, peace lilies can remove harmful toxins like ammonia, acetone, ethyl acetate, benzene, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene, xylene and formaldehyde.
Orchids have a reputation that they are difficult to grow. However, phaeleonopsis orchids are easy to take care of as long as you put it near the windows where they can receive indirect sunlight. Allbrite.co.nz notes that this plant is ideal for newly painted offices because it can get rid of xylene, which is a pollutant from paints and glues. Furthermore, phaeleonopsis orchids are suitable for offices with night shift workers because, unlike other plants, these orchids respire and give off oxygen at night.
Song of India
Song of India, also known as Dracaena Reflexa, only requires low maintenance. This plant can grow both in low-light and high-light conditions, and it can absorb VOCs like toluene, xylene and formaldehyde.
Anthuriums are popular because of their beautiful heart-shaped flowers. However, the leaves of anthuriums can suck up toluene, xylene, ammonia and formaldehyde. They are perfect to put near copiers or printers.
With the help of indoor plants, the air quality around the office may be improve – and that results in reduced stress and increased productivity of the workers.