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Plants at the office: yes or no?

A pleasant workplace is more than an ergonomic worktable and a comfortable office chair. Have you ever thought about putting plants in your office? We have created this list of the pros and cons!

Advantages of plants

  • Better air quality: many plants have the capacity to remove formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and other harmful substances from the air. They also add moisture to the air.
  • Fewer health problems: they can reduce problems like irritated eyes, dry throat, fatigue, coughing and headaches.
  • Less stress: plants encourage a relaxed atmosphere at work.
  • Less noise pollution: plants can absorb sound, but then the plant has to be sufficiently large of course.
  • Stylish image: plants make your clients and employees feel welcome at your office.

Disadvantages of plants

  • Just like at home, plants at the office need maintenance and care.
  • Tastes differ. Not everyone thinks the same plants are attractive.
  • Be sure to choose the right plants. They have to be appropriate to your office (light, etc.) and must not require too much maintenance.
  • Employees may be allergic to certain plants.

Which plants?

So you’ve decided to put plants in your office? Then you only have to decide which ones. Keep in mind that palm trees are especially good for purifying the air. The following types of plants are certainly a worthwhile investment:

  • Chrysalidocarpus: a popular indoor palm that adds a lot of moisture to the air and removes toxic substances from the atmosphere.
  • Rhapis: an indoor palm that can grow to 2 m in height and is easy to maintain. It is very resistant to insects and improves air quality.
  • Chamaedorea: an easy maintenance palm that adds a lot of moisture to the atmosphere.

Links in order of appearance:

http://www.healthygreenatwork.org/

http://vdab.be/carrierelectuur/welzijn/kantoor_planten.shtml