Indoor Plants to Improve Air Quality in the Workplace

Back in the 80’s NASA and a national association of professional landscaping contractors embarked on air-quality control studies to determine if indoor plants could improve air-quality in air-tight spaces. Happily, the research lead to the discovery that there are many plants that can actually filter out common Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) some of which are emitted from chemicals in carpeting and upholstery in workplace furniture. If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air at the office, here are some plants that can help you breath a little easier.


Aloe Vera can help clear the air of formaldehyde and benzine. These chemicals are emitted as by-products from some chemical cleaners and paints. Aloe thrives in sunny spots, so if you’ve got a window, this is a great choice for a desk-top air filter.


The almost indestructible Spider Plant is a pretty choice because of its white and green variegated shoots, but it also filters the air for xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries. It’s happy being ignored, and only needs water every few days, so this is a great choice if you’ve got a “brown thumb.”


Gerbera Daisy can help clear the air of that trichloroethylene that’s emitted from your dry-cleaned suits and blouses. Gerbera Daisy offers some color, but loves sun and water, so make sure you’re ready for the commitment when you pick up this little lady.


If you’re looking for a floor plant to fill a corner space by the window, the Weeping Fig (or Ficus) is a great choice. Don’t overwater, and you can rely on this beauty to filter toxins commonly found in varnish, carpeting and office furniture.


You can’t completely control the air-quality in your workplace, but an investment in some little plants can add a touch of color and some fresh clean air to your area, helping you feel a little better about going to work each day.


If you’re concerned about air quality issues in your office or workplace, contact Pioneer Restoration for air quality testing today. 541-527-7260

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