Why Plants?
Scientists are finding plants to be surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside modern buildings.


We are living in the midst of the “Green” revolution.  But have you ever wondered why it is referred to as “Green?”  Plants are the foundation of nature and the Green Movement is about protecting and enjoying our natural environment for years to come. 

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Indoor Plants for Better Breathing

Those plants in your office are not only decorative but scientists are finding them to be surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside modern buildings.

All sorts of dangers lurk inside – formaldehyde and benzene fumes released from building materials, furniture, and carpeting; ozone from copy machines; fumes from cleaning solvents, and more.

In an initial NASA study, over a dozen varieties of common interior plants were placed in sealed, Plexiglas chambers. Formaldehyde was introduced.  Within 24 hours the plants – Philodendrons, Spider Plants, and Golden Pothos – removed 80% of the formaldehyde molecules from the chamber.  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 and perform better!  In fact Green Globes (operated in the US by the Green Building Initiative), a competitor with LEED, already awards points in their Indoor Environment section for existing buildings that contain indoor plants.  You can view their requirements at greenglobes.com.

Improve Your Bottom Line

In addition to the health benefits, plants also provide the following benefits for customers and their bottom lines1:

1Taken from the Green Plants for Green Buildings Flyer “Plants are Critical to any Interior Design – Why It Matters.”
2For more information, see www.gpgb.org, Benefits of Green Plants.