Go Green in the Office with Plants

With all the pollutants out there, our environment needs all the help it can get. When you stop to look at the core of things, you may see and agree that if our environment needs help then, then so do we.

CO2 and Oxygen – two substances that are vital to our environment and to us. With each breath, we take it all in. However, the continuing greenhouse emissions primarily from man-made activities are critically impacting the environment and adding to climate change.

And, with changes in how we look at our work environment, the need to go green is something to think about for the office environment where we often feel has become sterilized with cubicles, drab colors, artificial (stale) air and fluorescent lighting. There is not much about the outdoors that we often get to see all day, which can impact our health and state of mind. Time to change that!

The Benefit of Green Plants

In an online article about the benefit of green plants for offices, a number of benefits are listed, including providing oxygen and removing toxins from the air:

Microbes, such as bacteria, can rapidly adapt to a chemical contaminant by producing new colonies that are resistant to the chemical. As a result, they become more effective at converting toxic chemicals into food the longer they are exposed to the chemicals. It is also important to remember that the efficiency of plants as a filtering device increases as the concentration of chemicals in the air increases.  

The article quoted research that has been done in conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and included research by Dr. Ron Wood, Professor Margaret Burchett and others in Australia, which illustrated that indoor plants can provide clean air:

…we now know that several common species of interior landscape plants have the ability to remove compounds such as benzene and hexane in the range of 50% to 75% of the total volatile organic compounds. Internationally respected in the field of air quality research, Dr. Margaret Burchett goes so far as to declare the following. “…to ensure sustainability of the urban environment, satisfying the ‘triple bottom line’ of environmental, social and economic considerations, it is expected that indoor plants will become standard technology–a vital building installation element, for improving indoor air quality.”

Additionally, green plants can provide shade and cool a building as well as reduce carbon dioxide. They have even been found to increase productivity and inspire creativity – two necessary behaviors that help any company succeed and keep their staff motivated:

Participants working in an environment with plants present were 12 percent more productive and less stressed than those who worked in an environment without plants. …. In an eight-month study, the Texas A&M University research team explored the link between flowers and plants and workplace productivity. Participants performed creative problem solving tasks in a variety of common office environments or conditions. The conditions included a workplace with flowers and plants, a setting with sculpture and an environment with no decorative embellishments.  During the study, both women and men demonstrated more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and original solutions to problems in the office environment that included flowers and plants. In these surroundings, men who participated in the study generated 15% more ideas. And while males generated a greater abundance of ideas, females generated more creative, flexible solutions to problems when flowers and plants were present.

Sounds like it may be time to consider plants in the office?!

Celebrate World Environment Day

Despite being one of the most environmentally conscious people on the planet, you may not be aware that June 5th is World Environment Day. Started by the United Nations in 1972, it was established to simulate awareness of the environment and the need for more people to recognize the value of our environment and how it should be cared for to sustain ecology and human society.

And, with the growing concern over emissions and man-made activities as the culprit behind climate change, taking care of our environment is more important than ever. This year celebrates forty years of this event, which provides a good reason to get involved now!

Activities Around the World

All over the world, celebrations and events are being organized to recognize this important day. This includes small and big businesses, developing and third world countries, and communities and cities across the globe.

What You Can Do

Similar to April’s Earth Day, there are many things that you can do on this day to care for the environment around you:

  • Create a neighborhood clean-up event or work within the community on a bigger event, such as a beach clean-up project.
  • Plant a tree or create a community garden project.
  • Get rid of those plastic bags!
  • Try composting as it will reduce your waste plus create rich, fertile material to feed your yard and garden.
  • Look at your daily activities and consider where you might be able to use less energy or change your activities so as to shrink your carbon emissions footprint.
  • Start a recycling drive in your area.
  • Leave your car or truck at home and try taking a bike or walking to more places.

These are all easy things you can do every day beyond just on World Environment Day, which can help the environment while also save you money and make you feel good.
Greening the Flower Shop

As an environmentally-conscious flower shop headquartered in Long Beach, California, Allen’s Flower Market recognizes the importance of protecting the environment and caring for the plants and flowers that beautify our lives to make sure they are there to do the same for future generations.

That’s why we like to source our flowers from sustainable growers and ensure that we put back what we take away. Within our flower shop, we are conscious of how we use energy and materials as well as ensure that we minimize waste. Everything we do in terms of materials and production all has a green tactic attached to it so we make sure we celebrate our environment every day of the year.