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Why indoor plants are good for you

Indoor plants not only look good, but research over the last 20 years or so has clearly identified the significant role that indoor plants play in improving air quality, particularly in offices and workplaces.

One of the foremost researchers in this field in Australia is Margaret Burchett, Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Services, University of Technology Sydney. Professor Margaret Burchett is a plant scientist with 40 years research experience, including over 25 years at UTS.

Her work, along with other related research and trials conducted throughout the world, has quantified the effect that plant have in reducing air pollutants in workplaces as well as increasing worker productivity. There is also a measurable and significant decrease in minor ailments such as coughs and colds, headaches, skin irritation and fatigue.

In simple terms, the plants, in conjunction with the micro-organisms present in the potting mix, create cleaner and healthier air, just by being there. So for health reasons alone, indoor plants should be part of every interior space.

2 Comments
  1. Will any indoor plant do? Is there some species that are better than others?

    • All are useful, but it seems that Pothos, Spathiphyllum (peace lily), Chamaedorea seifritzii (Bamboo Palm) and Aglaonema are amongst the best.

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