Don’t Be Lax With Taxing Toxins

Relax your Lungs at Work With Nature’s Air Filters

You can create a more healthful environment with custom logo potted plants or promotional flowers or trees.

What’s the best way to drag a dungeon-like workspace out of the dark recesses of the land of cubicles?  Possibly, it’s plants.  A recently released study at Texas A & M University this past October found that work spaces which exposed its workers to leafy embellishments bolstered that worker’s productivity through a pathway of increased innovative thinking. Conducted by behavioral scientist Dr. Roger Ulrich, the study found that, compared with prison cell-like workplaces with no desktop décor, and offices with decorative sculptures, the office or cubicle with plant cells flowing through the air helped workers to be significantly more productive.  It also produced more innovative problem solving from women, and significantly more new ideas from men.

How can plants increase a person’s creativity or productivity?  One doesn’t need a background in behavioral science to want the answers as to how and when a plant impacts our state of mind and emotions so much that it inspires us to finish that data report during the home stretch before clock-out at 6.

Consider this–Nancy Wells, an environmental psychologist at Cornell University, believes that children who grow up in urban environments are better equipped to deal with stress when they have the comfort of green plants surrounding them.  This comfort may even improve a child’s concentration. The effects are a positive productivity cross current- “By bolstering children’s attention resources, green spaces may enable children to think more clearly and cope more effectively with life stress,”(Nancy Wells 5/08/03) The reason for this may be an underlying, transparent social net that nature reminds us of.  According to her, “green spaces foster social interaction and thereby promote social support.”

Another theory of plants’ stress-relieving effects is purely biological, through our lungs instead of through our social network. NASA considers plants a vital way for citizens to actively contribute to a cleaner environment by cleaning the air.  They even went so far to suggest that every household should have 16 to 18 plants from a list of suggested potted plants in order to clean the air of harmful and known carcinogenic chemicals like benzene (found in deodorant and other plastics), TCE, and every human corpse’s must-have chemical, formaldehyde.  Their air-cleaning plant list is as follows:

  1. Areca palm
  2. Reed palm
  3. Dwarf date palm
  4. Boston fern
  5. Janet Craig dracaena
  6. English ivy
  7. Australian sword fern
  8. Peace Lily
  9. Rubber plant
  10. Weeping fig

Of the above list of NASA-endorsed plants, peace lilies may be the easiest to maintain.  Chrysanthemums have similar air-cleaning properties to those plants and when potted, last up to several months.

Working as air-filters, they can relieve the air of stress-causing airborne toxins and humidify the air.  Think back to biology–plants also reduce carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making the air more breathable.  The NASA list doesn’t touch on the whole shebang of beneficial plant options; the top ten list brushes the top but leaves out gerbera daisies, spider plants, philodendron, striped dracaena, ficus trees, devils ivy, bamboo palms, and ribbon plants.  All of these are known to strip the air of all the airborne anathemas like adhesives, dyes, detergents, tobacco, and insulation.  These chemicals cause stress, as they keep us from breathing clearly.  Check with the specifics of each plant, however, as alternatively toxic properties of lilies can be dangerous or fatal if chewed at by a dog or cat.

As long as we can agree that plants have a crafty way of “budding” our personal well-beings, we can equally admit to the human truth that a dead, crumbling plant is tantamount to heartbreak.  It’s not quite on the level of a discolored floating goldfish, but the crumbling plant is a marginal but very real disappointment.  The best suggestion for these folks is the advice that the easiest and most common way to kill a houseplant is over-watering, which seems counterintuitive to us nurturers who love to feed their charges like they’re fattening them up for a cannibal feast.

Unfortunately, plants respond very negatively to being overfed and most only need to be watered once or twice a week- though plants can be testy.  A good test is to feel around for moistness in the soil. Plants often prefer the sporadic good gulp of water to more frequent little sips. Your pot should come with a saucer underneath to capture excess moisture, and this should be dumped out immediately after watering to ensure this excess doesn’t find its way back into the soil.

For those who’ve been scarred by their inability with plants and feel they shouldn’t come within 20 feet of a Chia Pet, I suggest looking into South Korea’s Chonnam National University- a robotic plant that cleans the air, leans toward you and lets out a fragrance.(Google it! It’s wild.)  This product hasn’t yet made it onto the market, so you may have to wait a few years.  Identity-Links provides plenty of low-maintenance options, including a few of the above mentioned air-filtering plants.  We offer an English Ivy plant, which is low cost and remarkably low maintenance as well.  For more of an executive gift, the timeless Peace Lily plant will clean your air while it is the calm centerpiece of a hectic office.  Want something smaller?  Try a desktop-ready Computer Screen Attached Mini Air Cleaning Plant, with a small size, easy set-up and a great variety of naturally air-cleaning plants to choose from, as per the above list: Janet Craig, Dracaena plant, or Bamboo Sprout, and more. The custom potted logo plants are a great reminder of good health, clean air, and a good office environment.  All while you space out staring at your computer’s desktop- potted promotional plants with a logo really exceed expectations and compounds its quality with low-maintenance plant care!

Aside from those potted promotional plants, we have smaller options, such as our Magic Logo Bean that Sprouts a Leaf with your Logo prints a company’s logo on a bean plant.  They also have virtually no set-up, as you simply lift their lid and water as directed.  We also have a bamboo sprout at this diminutive size, which can bear your logo on a plastic package.  Bamboo sprouts are a compact, neat and futuristic way to remind your clients that you wish to give them the gift of oxygen, as well as your business.  Finally, aside from all of these custom logo potted plants, we have promotional seed packets which scatter promotion, and include your green thumb clients in one of the most therapeutic parts of plant-keeping- gardening!  Personalized seed logo seed packets are also an economical solution for businesses with an environmental focus and a pinched wallet.

It’s important to remember that making your environment friendlier to your lungs and eyes shouldn’t come at a demeaning cost to your green standards.

Consider our Eco-Friendly desk plant options- Eco-Friendly Fun Potted People Plants offer reusable containers and some of its materials are made from biodegradable corn plastic.  What’s more, it doesn’t compromise our American ideals as they’re 100% made and manufactured in the U.S.  So trust Identity-Links with turning your desktop into a veritable greenhouse- we’ve got the Custom logo plants and potted promotional plants or trees, eco-friendly desk plants, potted promotional plants, and personalized seed and flower packets to deck you out!

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