Indoor plants are good for workplace wellbeing
While a recent study ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental hazards to public health a leading Australian environmental professor says indoor plants can dramatically improve indoor air quality and increase employee productivity.
Professor Margaret Burchett from Australia’s University of Technology in Sydney tested a variety of indoor plants and revealed they can remove high doses of air-borne volatile organic compounds, as well as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.
Research from Australia, the US and Europe shows plants help reduce stress and absence through sickness, increase productivity and improve well-being, particularly in office environments where people are using computers.
Recognition of the role of indoor plants is growing, with the New Zealand Green Building Council now awarding up to two points towards green star ratings for interior plant installations.
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