Having more indoor plants is a positive step towards replacing the worlds tree and plant population, but it is not merely a like-for-like replacement. Plants also help to purify the air, which leads to less humidity and means less air conditioning is needed to breathe indoors in the heat of summer. In turn, less fossil fuels are burned keeping your AC on, cutting down yet more CO2 emissions.
So, if you’re thinking about reducing your carbon footprint and doing something constructive towards a less polluted environment, having more indoor plants is a great place to start. If you’re unsure about which plants would thrive best, give this office plant picker a try. It gives you a great guide as to how big a plant you will need going by how many people will be in the room, and the rules can be applied to family size rather than employees if you’re buying plants for your home.
But you don’t have to go all out if you’ve got a smaller place, or not enough time for upkeep. Just one plant per room could help to purify the air there.
The benefits of office plants are fairly well documented. They provide not only purer air but also absorb noise, thus reducing noise levels in the office and making for a much calmer environment. A calmer environment to work in will also lead to happier and more productive employees.
Whether you have indoor plants simply because they look nice or because they’re good for our health and well-being, remember that they are also really good for the environment, too.
How many indoor plants do you have at home or at the office? Share in the comments.