Healthier work corners with plants

Healthier work corners with plants

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The healthiest plants for the office are:

Areca (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens), the "Tiger's tongue" (Sansevieria trifasciata)and the Potos or Pothos (Epopremmum aureum) They are three of the plants that more and better purify the air.

The first one removes CO2 by converting it into oxygen and requires very little care: clean its leaves (at least once a week) and take it outdoors once every three to four months.

The second of the plants is capable of converting C02 to oxygen during the night, which makes it a perfect ally to continue purifying the work environment when no one is in the office. It is recommended to have 6-8 plants of this species for each person in the office.

The last of the plants, as common as the previous two, eliminates formaldehyde (a widespread allergen since it is present in multiple products and incorporates many others in manufacturing processes, including plastics, medicines, fabrics, cosmetics and detergents) and other volatile chemicals harmful to our health.

A combination of three simple plants allows us to generate all the pure air we need.

There are other common plants that can help us achieve a healthy work space. Among others, the Robust Ficus, that eliminates most pollutants, especially formaldehyde, and that survives in low light spaces; the Palmerita China (Rhapis Excelsa) which eliminates virtually all indoor pollutants, and requires very little care; wave Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii), It eliminates benzene, trichlorethylene and formaldehyde, as well as being resistant to most insect pests.

Benefits of the plants
Generating pure air and eliminating harmful substances has numerous health benefits for workers. Among others, the use of suitable plants in the office reduces eye irritations, respiratory problems and headaches.

Plants also help reduce energy expenditure in offices, as they act as a natural humidifier, so that in addition to regulating the temperature and cooling the environment, they balance their humidity level.

In the medium and long term, betting on plants as a basic element in offices has positive effects in reducing workers' stress and increasing productivity.

From the Green Office department of Flors & GO! A project has been led to provide Typeform headquarters in Barcelona with an environment that favors productivity and improves workers' conditions. The conclusions of a study carried out by NASA and those of Dr. Kamal Meattle were taken into account, demonstrating the qualities of certain plants, as well as their own experience in this regard.

After the study of the facilities, it was decided to have the plants that have a greater effectiveness in the regeneration of the air and in the elimination of formaldehydes and other harmful substances.

It was also assessed which of these plants require less maintenance and have a better performance in a scenario such as Typeform (office with air conditioning and light input). We opted for a large installation of more than 700 plants, of 8 different species: Ivy, Sansevieria, Photos, Ficus Benjamina, Ficus Pumila, Spathiphyllum, Philodendron and Dracaenas.

Once the plants were chosen, the ideal irrigation system was analyzed. We opted for a manual irrigation and adapted to the planters a system of elimination of excess water (water system), thus guaranteeing the good evolution of the plants. The water system It is a system developed by flors & GO! which consists of a double bottom with micro-perforations that accumulates the excess water and a system that evacuates it.