“Going green” is an expression so many companies are using now. Ironically, the interior plantscape industry has been the very essence of the “green” movement all along! What could be “greener” than plants? What many people don’t realize though is exactly what plants can do and how they can positively impact commercial environments. The physical environment can directly affect an employee’s ability and desire to work. Plants promote and encourage productivity by increasing workplace contentment, stimulating the mind and encouraging creativity. Plants can cleanse the air and combat “sick building syndrome”. Many contemporary buildings are sealed tightly to increase HVAC efficiency. Also sealed in those environments are man-made paints, plastics, insulation, plywood, carpets, synthetic fabrics and detergents that can emit up to 300 harmful pollutants. NASA funded studies proved that plants commonly utilized in interior plantscapes actually cleanse the air of many harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Our professional staff can help you select the best plants to rid the air of these pollutants depending on the particular situations in your building. Plants can also help regulate the humidity in office environments. People are more susceptible to colds & flu when the air is too dry. When the humidity is too high, people can develop other ailments. Through transpiration and evaporation, plants in the office add moisture to dry, overheated air, however, when the air is already moist they do not add too much moisture. Plants have the effect of balancing the humidity.
D&S also offers eco-friendly “green” containers made from natural materials, such as terra cotta and aluminum. Our suppliers of these containers utilize environmentally friendly manufacturing methods such as recycling waste water and processes for glazing that do not emit contaminants into the air. Not only are they eco-friendly, they are some of the most attractive and well-designed containers we offer. Ask about our green containers and how we can help you select the best plants to make your environment as green as it can be!