YOUR ENVIRONMENT MATTERS
Do you find yourself yawning lots at work, struggling with poor sleep and fatigue, suffering from headaches, irritated eyes/nose/throat or dermatitis? Are you particularly susceptible to the viruses going around at work? Or feel like your work space is stressful, stuffy and sterile?
Why not adopt a pet plant at work?
Plants have a unique ability to affect us physiologically as well as psychologically.
They clean the air by removing airborne toxins including those found in cleaning products and formaldehyde which is a common toxin given off by synthetic office furnishings. They also regulate humidity, reducing dryness and other skin conditions.
Plants are a mood booster and promote a ‘natural’ feel to a sterile environment and can lead to a ‘calming’ atmosphere. Research has shown green spaces promote public health and can shift highly stressed people into are more positive emotional state.
How to choose an Indoor Plant:
Medium-sized plant per 2.2 square meters of space (according to Thrive Research Hub, Melbourne).
· Species with large leaves – the greater the leaf size, the greater its efficiency
· Those which survive in low light
· Low maintenance
· Avoid those which flower extravagantly as these are not only higher maintenance but may cause allergic reactions
· Yes, it is important!
· Larger pots = more root mass + soil surface for helpful bacteria & root microbes (these help to balance out the microbial ecosystem of the built synthetic office environment)
Below are some ideal Plants you could adopt!
· Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
· Peace Lily Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa'
· Cycas Revoluta (Cycadaceae)
· Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentil’ – also known as ‘Snake Plant’
· Dracaena Deremensis ‘Janet Craig’
· Areca Palm – Plant Dypsis Lutescens