Bring Nature in for a Boost at Work
By Hannah Woit
The plants you see in the hallways, co-working space, and cafe at Primary aren’t just there for aesthetics. They are actually at work too--removing toxins from the air so we can all breathe easier.
Green plants can also help you work better. Research done in the UK and Netherlands indicates that having plants in offices can improve workers’ focus, happiness at work, and how productive they feel.
They may also help you reduce stress, as exposure to natural elements can reduce stress, a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health revealed.
In terms of health, plants have also been shown to reduce the number of sick days taken.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant, the Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is one of the easiest plants to care for and will still clear out toxins like benzene, a known carcinogen found in car exhaust. We have Pothos plants throughout Primary, so no matter if you sit in an office or the coworking space, you’ll receive the benefits of its air-clearing power.
Researchers have also singled out ferns for their air-detoxifying prowess. Try the Staghorn Fern (Platycerium) like the ones in Primary’s cafe area--you can mount them and put them on the wall if you’re short on floor or desk space.
For a pop of color and to clear trichloroethylene, another known carcinogen, from the air, try Gerber Daisies (Gerbera jamesonii). Trichloroethylene can be found in adhesives and spot removers, among other things.
If getting more plants isn’t in the cards, you can also put up photos of nature scenes, like the shore scene in Primary’s studio and the coastal and mountain photos in the co-working areas. Even this indirect exposure to nature can positively impact your mood, according to research out of Korea.
Get more work done--naturally.