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Plant Benefits

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  • The combination of plant and soil media creates a useful method for cleaning indoor air.
  • Plants add to and stabilize relative humidity indoors. When humidity is maintained at proper levels, the frequency of illness is reduced.
  • People view places with plants as more positive, more expensive-looking, more relaxed, and more friendly.
  • There are no negative findings with the use of plants in a building.
  • A building without interior plants elicits a more negative response.
  • Use of plants evokes feelings of well-being.
  • When people are around plants, anxiety levels are reduced.
  • Having a view of a garden or nature has been shown to quickly reduce stress, and in some situations aid in the recuperation from illness.
  • Some companies are treating the cost of the plantscape service as an employee benefit.
  • Common complaints about the work environment include: fatigue; headache; dry, itchy skin; eye, nose and throat irritation and more. Plants help reduce these complaints.
  • Many studies have used measurements of blood pressure, muscle tension, heart rate, skin temperature and reaction time to determine people’s physical responses to plants.
  • Plants produce:
    • Psychological effects on people
    • Physiological responses from people
    • A physical impact on indoor environmental quality
  • The top 3 reasons cited by corporate and facility managers for using plants are:
    • Color
    • Employee attitude and retention
    • Making an environmental statement
  • The cost of the plantscape and service is recoverable by:
    • The economic success of the building
    • Reductions in sick days
    • Increased productivity
    • Increased employee retention
    • An enhanced corporate image
    • Reduction in complaints
  • Trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50% and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds.
  • Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as 9° Fahrenheit.
  • A single urban tree can provide up to $273 a year in air conditioning, pollution fighting, erosion and storm water control, and wildlife shelter benefits.
  • The Chinese have for centuries used plants indoors to create "living energy" in their homes and workplaces.