“Living and working with plants is better than living and working without them.”

The benefits of living and working among greenery are plentiful. Plants enhance indoor environments, make them more inviting and in one of nature’s miraculous acts, they help clean the air, something that is incredibly important for those people who spend the majority of their time indoors.

The professionals at Element Landscape Services Inc. are experts at incorporating plants into interior environments, be it the family home, the office or the large commercial enterprise.

The team at Element Landscape Services Inc. references something called Sick Air Syndrome, a term coined by the World Health Organization in 1986, which is when building occupants end up with various health issues that seem to be linked to time spent in a building with poor indoor air quality. And while the term is not an official clinical diagnosis, it is still used in pop culture when referring to the healthiness of a workplace environment. It happens mainly when buildings are sealed for efficiency, but then the problem becomes that you get better air quality outside than inside.
Plants can help with this by: reducing carbon dioxide levels, increasing humidity, reducing levels of benzene and nitrogen dioxide, reducing airborne dust levels and keeping the temperature down.

Not only do plants in the workspace help with air quality, but they also work to reduce stress and generally just make people happier. Plants help offices become quieter, as they have the ability to reduce background noise by absorbing some of the sound. They help employees become more relaxed, and make the office environment more stimulating. Having plants indoors also creates a welcoming environment for anybody visiting your business. They give the impression that a place is warm, inviting and comfortable. Plants in the workplace have also been proven to increase productivity, and decrease the number of sick days taken by employees.

When you think of all the benefits being around plants provides, there is really no reason not to have them. David Wanless, owner of Element Landscape Services Inc., notes that, “as an employer, if you invest in plants in your office, it’s a good thing for productivity and the air quality your staff breathes.”

The employees at Element Landscape Services Inc. are experts at what they do. They know what plants will work well in which spaces, and how to match each plant to the environment. No space is too big or too small: Wanless notes, “we can provide you with a handful of office plants, keeping it very simple, or we can do a full blown atrium, a conservatory or major hotel lobby. If you require a 60-foot palm tree, we can deliver.” The team at Element Landscape Services Inc. will take the time to match pot colours and plants as well as make sure the textures of the pots, match the interior and scale of the plants.

Wanless goes on to say, “most people like plants, they just don’t like to care for them. How often have you heard people say, ‘I kill every plant that I touch’, so that is where our weekly service comes in. We provide the right amount of watering and fertilizing, but also pruning, grooming and keeping them clean at an extremely affordable price. “

It’s the perfect situation really: people are able to enjoy all the benefits plants provide, while not having to worry about killing them with too much water, or too little light. Element Landscapes Services Inc. knows their plants inside and out; they know how much water each individual plant needs and how much light they demand to survive. They know where to position them in an office setting, so that they don’t interfere with traffic flow, and only serve as an enhancement to the space. They can make sure the plants will thrive, creating an interior environment that in turn, helps the people within the environment to thrive as well.

For a no commitment, free consultation, please contact Element Landscape Services Inc. by phoning: 905-328-9941, emailing: info@elementlandscapes.com or visiting http://elementlandscapes.com/

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In the late 80s, NASA did a study on sealed environments, the air quality within those environments and the plants that help to naturally clean the air inside them. The plants were placed in a sealed, plexiglass chamber, and formaldehyde was introduced. With a 24-hour period, the plants (the ones being used were Philodendron, Spider Plant and Golden Pothos) had removed 80% of the formaldehyde molecules from the chamber.

Common Plants to Help Clean Indoor Air

English Ivy: known to filter formaldehyde and reduce airborne fecal matter particles.
Reed Palm: good for filtering benzene and trichloroethylene.
Peace Lily: this powerful cleanser filters formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene.
Dracaena: great for helping eliminate xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air.
Chrysanthemum: beautiful flower that helps filter out benzene.
Aloe: helps clear out formaldehyde and benzene.
Spider plant: great for clearing the air of benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.
Gerbera Daisy: not only a beautiful flower, but helps clear the air of trichloroethylene and benzene.
Snake Plant: great for filtering formaldehyde.
Golden pothos: this ivy plant is good for filtering formaldehyde.
Azalea: another beautiful flower that helps combat formaldehyde.

All these chemicals are emitted from several common household items. They are byproducts of chemical based cleansers, toilet paper, tissues and other personal care products. They are also found in glues, paints, plastics, detergents, lacquers, varnishes, inks and more. They are emitted from carpeting and furniture. In short, these chemicals permeate almost every part of our lives.

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