5 easy-to-keep plants that will improve office air quality

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Here at FEN, we’ve been researching the best plants to brighten up and improve the air quality of our office.

We want to share our findings with you, which have been astonishing. The chemicals in paint, plastic bags and even the varnish on office furniture all emit toxic invisible fumes while we are working.  Air quality is getting worse and worse in cities, but who are the main culprits for emitting bad air quality in the office? Take a look at the three toxins that are harmful and yet abundant in office everyday life.

Formaldehyde  – Found in plastic bags, paper bags, paper towels, napkins, synthetic fabrics, floor coverings, particle board and plywood. It is used in pressed office furniture.  Benzene  – Found in vehicles fumes, glue, paint and furniture wax. It is used to make plastics, synthetic fibres, dyes, detergents and pesticides.  Trichloroethylene  – Found in paint, varnishes printing inks and adhesives.

Formaldehyde – Found in plastic bags, paper bags, paper towels, napkins, synthetic fabrics, floor coverings, particle board and plywood. It is used in pressed office furniture. Benzene – Found in vehicles fumes, glue, paint and furniture wax. It is used to make plastics, synthetic fibres, dyes, detergents and pesticides. Trichloroethylene – Found in paint, varnishes printing inks and adhesives.

To understand the importance of plants, you first need to understand that there are toxins virtually everywhere in the office. Don’t feel too overwhelmed though, because there is something you can do! Get some toxin sucking PLANTS! we’ve narrowed down the best plants that will eliminate these very toxins.

The plants that made the top of our list were based on 3 factors:

  1. The best toxin eliminators for each one of the the three chemical culprits.

  2. The most easy to keep and hard to kill plants.

  3. The most aesthetically pleasing, guaranteed to brighten your mood on a busy Monday in the office!

BEST FOR FILTERING Formaldehyde

TIP: Spider plants love to hang too! Try hanging a spider plant as another way of having the planet in the office.

TIP: Spider plants love to hang too! Try hanging a spider plant as another way of having the planet in the office.

SPIDER PLANTS

These sweet looking, fast growing and low maintenance plants look fantastic in bathrooms, kitchens or as cute desk plants. They have narrow long leaves and grow well in low or medium light conditions, making them perfect for if there’s not loads of natural light in the office.

They also are great for removing carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide too.

Red-Edged Dracaena

Red-Edged Dracaena

We love red-edged Dracaena because they grow like standalone little trees and just look great, but you can also have the baby versions on your desk or on a window sill too! They too, are great at filtering in Formaldehyde and keeping your air fresh.

They prefer indirect sun light and and yet again are an easy to keep plant.

TOP TIP: Team up with a ceramic pot as a stylish base for your plant.

Areca Palm

carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide air purifying Areca Palm

This is an absolute classic of an indoor plant and it just seems to never go out of style. Add some tropical flair to your office, while busting formaldehyde in the office.

Areca Palm office plant - the centre piece

According to NASA they have are the best air purifying plant around, so we consider them an office staple!

These palms can reach heights of 15 feet, so can be a perfect centre piece at a reception or communal area. What’s great about them is they work great in sun or shade, so as long as you don’t neglect them, they’re pretty easy going plants!

BEST FOR FILTERING Benzene.

Tip: Try putting your daisies on a window sill to brighten up a gloomy day, and do ensure they have a direct light source.

Tip: Try putting your daisies on a window sill to brighten up a gloomy day, and do ensure they have a direct light source.

Gerbera Daisy

These are fantastic for filtering out Benzene, but we also love them as they come in so many colours; red,yellow and pink. They are particular show stoppers, and fit for an office that could do with a touch of colour. They do need lots of sunlight however, so we recommend a nice sunny office.

Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos

These lovely vine hanging plants are fantastic to have hanging off shelving units and in bathrooms.

They are brilliant at filtering Benzene and just look so pretty! As well as being easy-to-keep.

They can be grown in vases of water or dry soil. and like both direct and indirect sunlight too.

BEST FOR REMOVING trichloroethylene

trichloroethylene  filtering mother in laws tongue

Mother-in-laws tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

This funny named plant, is extremely hardy and will happily grow in most conditions. It has fantastic, NASA approved, trichloroethylene filtering abilities, which make it a prime candidate for the office environment.

PEACE LILY (Spathiphyllum)

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Peace Lilys are stunning, with their white flowers and gleaming leaves, they add an elegance and sophisticated feel to any office environment. They’re also super easy to keep and thrive in low light and dark rooms. If you’ve got a stuffy or dark room, pop a peace lily in there to transform it.

NASA voted these Lilies to be the best for filtering trichloroethylene and oxygenating the room.

So that’s the round up of plants we’ll be using in our new sustainability hub. We recommend getting a combination, to tackle all the three of the main toxins.

If you don’t know where to go there are two great local independent plant shops we recommend…

WILD LEAF - Just off Gloucester road, it’s got a fantastic selection of plants ideal for the office shelf.

OLD MARKET PLANTS - Perfect for larger Palms, has a very big range of plants for the office.

If you would like to attend our next event coming up, we have an air quality event with expert speakers where you can learn how to make a difference and see what action is being taken in our city and beyond - Get your tickets here