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The Green Cure for Sick Building Syndrome

Arash Amini

The Green Cure for Sick Building Syndrome

Why Work Is Choking Us All And What To Do About It Construction is dirty work. With insulation (both for sound and heat), carpeting, paint, and the countless adhesives used to keep it all together, the modern office building is a place of many chemicals. Add the ink jet materials dispersing in the air, the exhaust from car traffic being pulled in for circulation, and fire retardants used in all of our electronics, it’s no wonder the EPA estimates that there are 2 to 5 times more pollutants indoors than outdoors. Construction is dirty work. Plants can help alleviate the...

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15% Performance Bump From Office Plants

Arash Amini

15% Performance Bump From Office Plants

Lean Business Strategies Only Go So Far A globalizing workforce, increased demand for 24/7 business, accelerating technological innovations...is your pulse quickening yet? The demand of modern business has never been greater, and in order to compete, some of the world’s smartest companies are realizing that looking back to our roots as humans may be the best way to move forward. New developments in psychology research are overthrowing years of strong held dogma: the more bare and lean a workplace, the less distractions a worker might experience and the more work that can get done. But new research out of the...

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5 Ferns that Purify the Air

Stacy Scheier

5 Ferns that Purify the Air

Ferns add a delicate beauty to any interior space, but did you know they can also really help improve the air quality in the home or office?  Plants remove pollutants and other harmful chemicals through photosynthesis (how plants change light, water, and nutrients into energy so they can grow), and ferns are no exception. They are some of the most efficient house plants when it comes to cleaning up your air. 'Boston type' ferns, (Nephrolepis) and 'Bird’s Nest' ferns (Asplenium), can remove formaldehyde and xylene, chemicals often found in carpeting and furniture. Boston Type: Emina Boston Type: Fluffy Ruffles Birds...

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YOSEMITE- Reconnecting with Nature

Nancy Aguilera

YOSEMITE- Reconnecting with Nature

Disconnecting in a world where technology is so prevalent can sometimes seem impossible. We are constantly inundated with emails, social media updates, and an endless amount of information. We have the world at our finger tips with a smart phone, but I was eager to leave the digital world and escape to a utopia of greenery: Yosemite. What I once had only seen on my computer screen, El Capitan was in front of my eyes. As clouds dropped away a panoramic view unfolded of the enormous yet delicate natural rock formation, the park wrapped in a seemingly impossible amount of trees...

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How Plants Improve Your Spaces

Stacy Scheier

How Plants Improve Your Spaces

Plants are an essential part of our ecosystem. Outside, they provide us with food sources, oxygen, and are the basis for countless material goods. Inside, plants can provide important benefits that are often overlooked when designing interior living spaces. Plants provide both aesthetic and utility based benefits when brought indoors. Aesthetics Plants bring an element of the outdoors to homes’ interiors. The aesthetics of color and shape can bring a room to life. Interior plants are not fixed, so they can be moved to easily change the look or flow of a room. Also, different plants add different dimensions to...

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