The ten best plants for UN offices

Thu, 22/07/10

Beth Pe’Och from UNOG has written an article in UN Special about office plants and their value to our well-being.

She cites several pieces of research and reports which highlight the positive impacts that indoor plants can have on health, in reducing pollution, improving productivity and making workers happier. 

Experts argue that indoor air pollution and low humidity are among the top five threats to public health. Having indoor plants reduces these risks as they release moisture into the air and help break down harmful substances that can be found in the office environment.

Drawing on the book How to grow fresh air: 50 houseplants that purify your home or office (1996), Pe'Och lists the top ten plants for the office:

1. Areca Palm (removes chemical toxins and adds moisture into the air)
2. Lady Palm (easy to maintain)
3. Bamboo palm (best know for removing chemical toxins)
4. Rubber plant (able to grow in dim light and cool temperatures)
5. Dracaena Janet Graig (removes chemical toxins, minimal maintenance, minimal light required)
6. English Ivy (adds moisture into the air)
7. Dwarf Date Palm (removes chemical toxins)
8. Ficus Alii (minimal maintenance & an air purifier)
9. Boston Fern (high-maintenance required but a great air purifier and adds moisture into the environment)
10. Peace Lily (removes toxins and has a high transpiration rate)

Introducing indoor plants is just one way of creating a more sustainable UN, but it’s definitely a visible one and something that’s likely to be welcomed by all your colleagues.
Click here to read the full article.

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