Category Archives: Environment

Plants In The Office

Working in an office can take its toll, especially if you’re stuck in the same building, day after day. It’s hard to be in the office when the sun is shining and the weather is so nice.

In 1984, the World Health Organization created the term, “sick building syndrome,” which relates to complaints made relating to time spent inside an enclosed building environment, including ailments such as asthma, headaches and nausea.

Also in 1984, Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson coined the term, “biophilia,” in his book of the same name, which refers to humanity’s innate need for nature.

When you combine the two concepts, you’ll find that there’s a simple solution that can bring a positive outcome to the comfort and health of employees in the workplace.

As a Matter of Plants

“Plant-scaping” is known as a popular way to incorporate plants into an office environment.

Known as an inter-office plant care program, you may have also heard it referred to as a “living wall” or “green wall.” These terms refer to the idea of bringing natural elements into the workplace.

It’s been shown that plant-scaping can help to reduce stress, tension and anxiety, all the while increasing worker efficiency thanks to better air quality.

That’s right – healthy, living plants have the ability to clean the air you breathe, trapping and disposing of airborne contaminants found in every day products. Dust levels and man-made toxins within and office environment can be significantly reduced by plants.

How Does It Work?

Plants grow through a natural process known as photosynthesis, which converts sunlight into sugar. The plant absorbs carbon dioxide along with airborne contaminants and replaces it with oxygen.

The right type of plants for an office setting requires proper planning. Choose plants that are able to thrive in a workplace setting where air conditioning, heating and other environmental conditions must be taken into consideration:

  • Cactus
  • Succulents (such as hens and chicks)
  • Ivy
  • Spider plants
  • Bamboo

There are many positive aspects to adding an inter-office plant care program into the workplace; it increases the overall productivity and focus of your business, and it also makes your workplace look fresh and inviting to clients and staff.

At the end of the day, a healthy office is a happy office.

Posted on: 06 Jul 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Go Green, Toilet Clean!

It may be the one thing in your house that everyone absolutely needs, absolutely uses every day and absolutely hates to clean — the toilet. And since the business that takes place on it can be nasty, you always want to do the best job sanitizing and disinfecting, you resort to heavy duty cleaners and chemicals to get the job done. But you don’t have to.

Posted on: 16 Mar 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
How to Disinfect, Naturally

Cutting boards. Foul smelling dish cloths. Stopping the spread of germs.

It is really important to clean not just so a space looks good, but so that it doesn’t make you sick, and so it doesn’t smell. And this is a place where nature really does shine.

Posted on: 19 Feb 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Cleaning with Vinegar

You probably know by now that vinegar makes an excellent non-toxic cleaner. But you might not have realized how many things can be cleaned with this cheap and plentiful substance.

Posted on: 04 Feb 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
How Green are “Green” Products Actually?

Consumers and businesses alike are now turning to green products so they can ensure they are doing their bit for the environment. However, there is still little regulation over some terms such as eco-friendly, so how do you know how green the product you intend buying is? This article will help to provide a guide.

Posted on: 19 Jan 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Getting a Clean Hotel Room

Everyone has heard the horror stories about what lights up when you pass a typical hotel room under the omniscient gaze of a black light. Fretting about the monsters under the bed isn’t nearly as frightening as contemplating the last time the bedspread was washed.

Posted on: 04 Nov 2015
Posted by: GreenGuru
Cities That Are Prepared For Climate Change

It’s becoming harder and harder to deny that our planet is changing, and with that comes extreme weather. We as a society need to prepare for climate change as soon as we can, however, some cities are taking it more seriously than others. And with more and more of the world’s population moving into urban areas, it’s important for us to do everything in our power to make our cities ready for the highs and lows of weather that are coming our way.

Posted on: 07 Oct 2015
Posted by: GreenGuru
Going Green with your Laundry

So you’ve switched to vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. You eat organic food. You recycle. But what about your laundry?

Detergent is incredibly detrimental to our freshwater and the fish that live within. It is poisonous to all aquatic life in sufficient quantities; it can damage gills and destroy the protective mucus layer that keeps fish healthy. It can also cause algae blooms, which are bad for the fish, bad for the environment and bad for us.

Posted on: 23 Sep 2015
Posted by: GreenGuru
How to Make Your House Smell Nice (Without Synthetic Scents)

People are crazy about making their homes smell good. The home fragrance industry was almost $5.6 billion in the US in 2012, according to a New Jersey research firm. The problem? There is some question about the toxicity of some of the more popular air fresheners, candles, and home fragrance lines. Some studies suggest these fragrances might cause respiratory problems, and even depression.

Posted on: 16 Sep 2015
Posted by: GreenGuru
3 Old Fashioned Cleaning Tips

Modern times dictate that intense cleaning rituals are necessary to maintain high standards of health. We have resorted to heavy toxic chemicals that often have more adverse effects on our health than the dirt itself. Getting back to nature as well as simply using more delicate cleaning supplies can still accomplish a thorough cleaning job while presenting with benefits to your health. After all, nature provides everything we need for survival. Let’s take a look at some common natural options for everyday cleaning use.

Posted on: 19 Aug 2015
Posted by: GreenGuru