Let’s plant some happiness — and grow fresh air together.
Have you seen the look on people’s faces
when new plants arrive at the office?
We never grow tired of that moment of joy when folks see their new, green co-workers come into the office. That’s why we like to say we’re planting happiness.
Beyond the cool factor, though, a wealth of research proves the value of plant programs — from both scientific and business perspectives.
Indoor office plants can:
- Remove airborne pollutants
- Produce oxygen, reduce carbon dioxide
- Fulfill our innate need to connect with nature (aka biophilia)
- Lower the shading coefficient to improve comfort and save energy as temperatures rise
So that people can:
- Breathe cleaner, healthier air
- Feel good about their workplace
- Be more productive
- Boost creativity + memory
- Live a healthier lifestyle
And help businesses:
- Create a happier, less stressful work environment
- Enable a healthier, more productive workforce
- Gain a competitive edge in employee acquisition and retention
- Improve brand perception among customers
How pure is your office air?
We often think of cars as the biggest sources of pollution around us, but hundreds of common pollutants may be lurking inside your office building, where furnishings, carpets and building materials can release ammonia, formaldehyde and benzene — and then trap them in ventilation systems.
The research is in… plants are low-cost, high-impact clean air producers.
NASA researcher Dr. B.C. Wolverton discovered that plants are the best filters of many common pollutants and went on to write the indoor plant bible, How to Grow Fresh Air
Visionary green business leader Kamal Meattle tells us in his 2009 classic TED Talk how he created immense banks of plants to purify his New Delhi technology incubator park
Then in 2014, researchers in the UK and Australia found that plants improve employee productivity by 15%, with additional performance in memory benefits
Dr. Joseph Allen at Harvard’s Healthy Buildings Program recommends that facilities managers monitor and improve indoor air quality to protect the long-term health of their tenants
And in June, 2017, Harvard Business Review said “research shows that a happier workplace is more productive”
Investing in landscaping the office with plants will pay off through an increase in office workers’ quality of life and productivity.
All this goes to show one thing: Plants are business essentials, not perks.
The most successful businesses go above and beyond to help their people be happy, healthy and productive, and plants are proven, low-cost, high-impact solutions — especially in the Bay Area, where competition for workers is fierce, and our high-achieving culture makes every edge count.
And your people drive your success.