Greening our offices

Every morning when I go to work, I park my car close to my work and walk for a good 8 mins to work. This 8 minute walk I get, is past some homes where their gardens and trees are abundant. I walk past the fragrant trees and bushes and know that I’ve received my green and sunshine for the day. It is a lovely walk to work,with people walking  their kids to the kindergarten and everyone out and about in their daily lives.

Once I enter the building, the atmosphere changes.  The granite interior and the number of people entering lifts and the smell of coffee has already indicated that this is an office building and the work day has begun.

Once I enter my office, work begins.

Not realizing though, as I have been writing about  “Greening our spaces” I have been thinking why not greening  the office as well. Our homes, and public spaces are green, why not our work place. We spend a good 8 to 9 hours at work, inside air conditioned, climatic controlled environments.

Plants and small shrubs, and cactuses are good “greening” options for leaving on your desk and perhaps taking home for the weekend to receive some sunlight. Firstly plants filter the atmosphere and humidify the space, secondly it’s good to look at the green of plants. It provides a rest for the eyes especially after the long hours of looking at the computer screen and thirdly it brings about a aesthetic sense of well being with in the office.

There are so many indoor plants that can be brought in as discussed in my first article and they are so many other ways to incorporate plants within the working environment, here is a look at some ideas:



Rubber Plants  not only make an excellent addition to nearly any office decor, but they are well known for effectively removing indoor air pollutants.


Peace lily, is also known for cleaning up the air. It’s tolerant of low light and is a vigorous grower too. Peace lily works well for focal interest and screening.


English Ivy, is not only easy to grow but also helps eliminate mould. Thriving in nearly any light condition, it looks great climbing up a pole or in a hanging basket



African violet, bloom best under neglect and need only minimal amounts of light in order to bloom.



Last but not least, some forms of Cacti only need monthly watering which helps not worrying about the plant in the office

Plants in the office brighten any atmosphere and helps remove toxins in the air and with that it also increases productivity. So bring a plant to work!!

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