When was the last time you felt a deep connection to a natural landscape in an urban setting?
Not often would be the most common answer among many. This is why living walls and greenery in cities is becoming a hot topic worldwide.
There is a rising trend for on-street Parklets popping up across the world, in the US there are over 3,000 of them, with Canada and Australia not far behind. In the UK their growth has been slow until now, however in the past year over 40 on-street Parklets have been installed in London alone with 100’s more in the pipeline.
Good businesses are always looking for opportunities to be more productive, any potential improvements can have a positive impact in achieving a healthier balance sheet. Often the most effective way to do this is by getting more from their staff. Traditionally workplaces have looked to do this by encouraging employees to work longer and harder, however, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests this approach can be counter productive - with unhappy and tired workers producing lower quality work at a slower rate.
This has lead to businesses looking for novel ways to increase productivity, and one route is by creating a happier and healthier workforce. Office environment is one of the easiest ways to achieve this, with office plants one of the most simple and effective means of creating a productive office.
Plants have been found to improve productivity in workplaces by around 15% through both physical and psychological benefits, as well as aesthetic ones. They are, therefore, an easy way to create an attractive office that gets the most out of your workers, by keeping them happy, healthy, and firing on all cylinders!
Air pollution is fast becoming a major environmental health issue, and with initiatives to combat it - like the new ULEZ in London - the wider public is beginning to wake up to the danger it poses. Globally, increasing urbanisation and industrialisation has lead to around 90% of people now living in areas that have air classified as hazardous by the World Health Organisation. This means that billions of people are suffering a reduction to their quality of life as a result of the multitude of ailments that air pollution manifests into - from less severe colds and headaches, to potentially fatal respiratory diseases, developmental disorders, and cancers.
Recently, green infrastructure - the integration of plants into urban areas - has gained traction as a potential mitigation method for air pollution. As well as improving the balance of Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen in air, plants are capable of removing, and dispersing airborne pollutants, and so are a potentially useful tool for improving air quality.