Indoor plants reduce
the levels of air pollution and volatile organic compounds (VOC's)
within a building. VOC's are emitted by materials used in computers,
fax machines, photocopiers, furniture and fittings. Plants can also
reduce the number of microorganisms brought in to the building by
staff and clients.
Toxins, chemicals and
odours can cause headaches, eye, nose and throat irritations, nausea
and stress. Even 'bad moods', lethargy and low motivation can be
attributed to an unhealthy work environment.
The Workcover Authority
of NSW recommends that living plants be used to assist in alleviating
the so-called "sick building syndrome". As little as 1 plant per 10
square metres can make all the difference.