Urban Jungles: Why Your Space Needs More Plants

Urban Jungle

Plant Love

Tayla Powell

I’m in love with urban jungles. My Pinterest feed is foliage filled, overflowing with leafy living space inspiration. Having grown up in a green home, I have grand schemes for my future plant collection. My houseplant hating partner will have no idea what hit him when we move in together.

There’s no denying that having a greenery accented home is a design statement but there are so many other benefits for the mind, body and soul.

PLANTS IMPROVE AIR QUALITY

This is quite possibly the biggest benefit of plants. They naturally filter out so many pollutants in the air. Believe it or not, there are actually higher levels of pollutants indoors than outdoors. You’ll get the typical mixture of outdoor nasties like nitrous oxides, carbon monoxide, CO2 and dust in your home. PLUS the indoor pollutants which I must admit I’ve never given much thought about. The Volatile Organic Compounds given off from furnishings, detergents, paints, smoke and inks as well as fungus and bacteria can have serious health effects.

I could barely believe it when I read it but data from studies estimate that 4 million people worldwide die prematurely from indoor pollution every year.

Hearing that might just scare you into dropping everything and running out to buy an air purifier. But plants can do all that without having a big hunk of ugly white plastic sitting in every room. All backed up by years of scientific research from NASA.

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Top picks for air purifying are:

Spider Plant

Dragon Tree

Peace Lily

Gerbera Daisy

English Ivy

 

PLANTS IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY

I think we can all agree that there is nothing more depressing than sitting in a grey office under fluorescent lights all day. We don’t all have the luxury of beautiful sun filled workspaces with floor to ceiling windows. While plants can’t do anything about getting light into your dingy windowless office, they do offer a taste of nature while you work.

Some studies by psychologists have found greenery in the workplace can increase productivity by up to 15 per cent as well as increasing employee satisfaction due to a human’s innate desire to be in nature. If you work from home, great. Fill your desk and room with plants to feel the increased focus and creativity. If you work in an office, ask your boss to consider adding some greenery. A whole work force feeling focused and inspired with less sick days is hard to argue with.

plants and the office

Best plants for tricky workplace environments:

Cast Iron Plant

Cactus

Succulents

Swiss Cheese Plant

Zanzibar Gem

 

 

PLANTS DECREASE STRESS

In a fast-moving world with rising levels of stress and anxiety, this small improvement to our well-being is greatly appreciated. According to a study from the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, active interaction with indoor plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress. Active interaction as in touching and smelling. Hmm. I’m not too sure I’ll be stroking and sniffing the office plants anytime soon. But even just having them around you during the day can give you that fresh feeling of being out for a walk in nature when you’re stuck inside and instill a sense of calm.

plants and pollution

The best plants for stress and sleep are:

The best plants for stress and sleep are:

Snake Plant

Vriesea

Orchids

Succulents

Lavender

Plants can do so much for us, now all we have to do is just remember to keep them alive. For more, follow us on Instagram and check us out on Facebook.