Green Your Workplace: Reduce Pollution



You spend most of your time at work, so help make sure your office is green by creating a healthy office environment.

Brighten up your cubicle with plants, which absorb indoor pollution. If you’re a business owner, make it a policy to buy furniture, carpeting and paint that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and won’t off-gas toxic chemicals.

Make Your Own Fresh Air With These Three Houseplants

Keeping certain plants in the house can help you breathe easier, according to a 15-year study conducted by Greenspaces, a group headquartered in India. Three varieties of plants – areca palm, mother-in-law’s tongue and the money plant – prove to clean the air of certain toxins and increase blood-oxygen levels by 1 percent. Workers in the Greenspaces building in the highly polluted city of New Delhi saw a dramatic increase in productivity, with a reduction in eye irritation by 52 percent, headaches by 24 percent and asthma by 9 percent.

The healing power of plants is nothing terribly new: the hospital-staple peace lily absorbs alcohol, acetone and reduces allergies.

 In addition, a number of orchids are known for their air-cleansing abilities. But fostering a number of these Indian-tested plants in your home or office can also help reduce energy costs by more than 15 percent, since they take a load off heating and cooling systems. Pretty impressive for a houseplant.