Why interior plants? Like it or not, contaminants are a fact of life. Look around the room at your upholstered furniture…the paint on the walls…carpeting…office equipment, the stack of magazines on the table…even the clothes you just dry cleaned.

The chemicals used by the manufacture leak into the air. Your eyes, ears and throat feel irritated. You may have headaches, feel drowsy, or develop more severe systems. In closed-poorly ventilated environments, such as office buildings, this trapped air can become a major health threat known as “sick building syndrome”. This is why interior plants are important.

NASA Cleaned Air Study

why interior plantsWhile looking for ways to remove airborne pollutants from sealed environments, such as space capsules, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) discovered that common tropical plants are powerful natural air cleaners. In laboratory studies, test plants removed as much as 87% of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours.

Plants clean the air by absorbing pollutants through their leaves, roots and the bacteria that live on them and then convert these substances into food. You could say that plants were born to clean! They absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen during the photosynthesis process. This is why interior plants are important.

The Plants for Clean Air Council (PCAC), a non-profit organization, is continuing NASA’s work under the direction of leading researcher Dr. Bill Wolverton, originally of NASA.

One potted plant for every 10’ x 10’ area can help clean the air in the average workplace or office. To determine the number of plants you need, multiply the length times the width of your room to figure its total square feet. Then divide that number by 100 to find out how many plants are necessary for that size space. Repeat for each room in your business.

Those plants in your office are not only decorative, they are surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air in modern buildings.

Tightly sealed offices with their beautiful furnishings are providing to be hostile environments. All sorts of dangers lurk inside – formaldehyde and benzene fumes release from building materials, furniture and carpeting; ozone from copying machines’ fumes from cleaning solvents; random and secondhand smoke. This is why interior plants are important.

You can use plants in your office to improve the quality of air to make it a more pleasant place to work – where people feel better, and perform better.