Office Plants: Beautiful (and Cost-Effective) Air Filters

Do you spend most of your waking hours behind a desk or in an office? Would you like to bring some of the outdoors inside? Plants not only make any space a bit more beautiful, but also make the office a healthier place to work!

Research conducted by the American Chemical Society detailed just how effective plants are at removing indoor air toxins and pollutants. These findings prove that office and indoor plants can offer a cost-effective solution to a common problem – indoor air pollution.

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are often found in indoor spaces and things such as furniture, paint, and cleaning supplies. These compounds include acetone, formaldehyde, and benzene. VOCs can cause serious health problems and may lead to dizziness, asthma, and allergic reactions. In severe cases or large quantities, they may even be connected to cancer or central nervous system damage.

Obviously, nobody wants to be inhaling potentially dangerous chemicals all day, so many businesses choose to add expensive air filtration systems to their offices. However, office plants have proven to be a cheaper and healthier option. In addition to their ability to remove toxins, office plants have also been shown to improve the mental health of employees and reduce their number of sick days.

Here are a few of our favorite office plants:

  • Peace Lily – A common office favorite, these plants do well in relatively low light and make stunning additions to any indoor space. Peace lilies have been shown to remove xylene, toluene, ammonia, and other harmful VOCs from indoor air.
  • Bamboo Palm – This is one of the top-rated plants for both home and office use. Bamboo palms remove toxins such as trichloroethylene and benzene. They are a great choice for larger spaces as they can grow rather large.
  • Sansevieria – Nicknamed the Snake Plant, these plants actually offer some of the broadest protection from indoor air pollutants. Sansevierias are also rather forgiving plants and are considered nearly indestructible.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to make your office a healthier and happier place to work! Contact the PLANTZ team today to find out more about office plants and to order your own today.