The Benefits of Office Plants
Decorate Your Workspace With Nature’s Air Filters
A daisy on your desk and a philodendron on the filing cabinet will do more than just brighten up your cubicle. Adding plants to your office can also help clean the air.
You spend 90 percent of your time indoors. Poor indoor air quality can cause health problems ranging from headaches, dizziness, and fatigue to eyes, nose, and throat irritation.
The furnishings, upholstery, building materials, and cleaning products used in an office can emit several indoor air pollutants. Indoor air quality is also negatively affected by outdoor pollutants, such as pollen, bacteria, and mold. The indoor air may quality be worse in an office because of inadequate ventilation, especially if it’s located in an older building.
In 1989, NASA published a report, Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement, stating that plants acted as humidifiers and air filters, helping absorb pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and thus improving indoor air quality.
Houseplants clean the air by taking in carbon dioxide and particulates and releasing oxygen. The microbes in potting soil also play a role by breaking down toxins in the air.