I’ve been in a lot of furniture and home interior stores this week, looking for some new furniture and I was struck by the volume of plants used by interiors stores to style their products. Plants on console tables, plants on sideboards, plants on dining tables, plants on coffee tables, plants on everything in the store to make the furniture look more inviting, more homely, more stylish. And that is because the humble houseplant is enjoying something of a trendy revival at the moment from instagrammable groupings of two or three plants, suspended hanging planters or a fashionable terrarium.
It is fabulous to see that fashionable stores recognise the aesthetic beauty which plants bring to the home or workplace but we now know that houseplants are more than stylish accessories as they can absorb toxins and cleanse the air.
Experiments with plants by NASA to clean air in Space Stations found that one plant placed per 100 square feet was enough to reduce indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
Aloe Vera plants, Spider Plants, Mother-in-law’s Tongue and Peace Lilies increase oxygen by absorbing these harmful toxins. Pollutants like dust mites and smoke can be up to five times higher indoors so if something other than you is absorbing them, then that’s all the better for your health. Peace Lilies for example, are thought to improve indoor air quality by 60%.
Plants increase humidity in the house which helps especially in winter, to counteract the side effects of dry air caused by central heating. Placing houseplants by the window is better for both them and you, as the extra light helps the plants produce more humidity and consume more CO2.
Try sitting a plant or two on your desk or in your workplace: office workers who have a plant on their desk are reported to be 15% more productive than those who don’t!
Houseplants are affordable, low maintenance, filter our air pollutants and bring more than a pleasing pop of glowing green to your home or office. Try adding a few to both your home and workplace this month to increase your health and well-being and you will see that not only do they look stylish but you will know that the air you breathe is cleaner and that can only be a good thing!