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The Green Cure for Sick Building Syndrome

Arash Amini

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 adverse effects

Yet, with all that, there’s a simple, cost-effective, and sustainable cure: the mighty indoor plant. Indoor plants have been scientifically proven to combat several health risks associated with SBS:

  • fatigue by 20%
  • headaches by 30%
  • sore/dry throats by 30%
  • coughs by 40%
  • dry facial skin by 25%

Did you know? Plants in office settings can decrease fatigue by 20%

That plants clean our air is not new information. They’ve served as nature’s air filters for billions of years, working non-stop and requiring little maintenance. However, the actual documented effect of their presence in our built environment is quite startling. Simply having plants in your office can create a measurable beneficial impact on your health, actively combating the adverse health effects of SBS.

Marketers have known about the benefits of plants for quite some time, showing that plants in department store can increase spending by 13%. For the rest of us, plants’ ability to positively impact our daily health is of far greater importance. Although we know that our office buildings will never be national parks, it is still quite shocking to consider just how many chemicals we are constantly exposed to in an environment that, in many cases, we spend more time in than our own homes.

The modern business world is constantly looking for new ways to improve the performance of their employees. Yet, how many stop to consider the net health effect of the building itself on the hard working people in it? Removing the toxins your office air is like removing a weight off your body, and all it takes is the introduction of some plants.

How simple would it be to add plants to your office today?


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