How can plants benefit your working environment?

National Plants at Work Week - an annual event to raise awareness of the benefits that plants bring to the working environment - kicked off today, with the involvement of three UK-GBC members. 

The event, organised by UK-GBC member eFIG (the European Federation of Interior-landscape Group), and partnered by fellow members Urban Planters and Indoor Garden Design, is now in it second year and runs until Friday, 18 July.

It highlights research which suggets plants help improve building occupants’ well-being, increase air quality and contribute to more productive offices.

Research carried out by the University of Exeter and Indoor Garden Design in 2013 found that office plants can assist in boosting staff productivity by 38 per cent, increase well-being by 47 per cent and increase creativity by 45 per cent.

The week’s organisers are encouraging businesses to get involved by setting up pop-up offices with plenty of greenery and by using the hashtag #plantsatworkweek on Twitter.

For more information on National Plants at Work Week, vist the page or eFIG’s synopsis of research on the subject here.