Most employees spend a majority of their time in the office, so it’s important to create a space where they feel productive and comfortable. Plants are incredibly beneficial to indoor workspaces, not only because they boost employee morale, but they also have air purifying qualities. All plants can act as air cleaners, but some are more beneficial than others when it comes to removing toxins in the air.

According to the Clean Air Study, which was performed by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, the toxins which cause sick building syndrome are:

Trichloroethylene Found in printing inks, paints and varnishes
Formaldehyde Found in paper bags, facial tissues and paper towels
Benzene Found in plastic resins, dyes and furniture wax
Xylene Found in rubber, leather and paint
Ammonia Found in window cleaners, floor waxes and fertilizers

How does bad air quality affect our health?

These toxins have been shown to produce adverse health effects to those exposed to them. The severity of effects depends on how often and how much to which you are exposed. Below are just some of the adverse effects people potentially face when exposed to these specific toxins in the short term:

Trichloroethylene dizziness, headaches, nausea and vomiting
Formaldehyde irritation to nose, mouth and throat and in severe cases swelling of the larynx and lungs
Benzene irritation to eyes, dizziness, headaches, confusion and drowsiness
Xylene irritation to mouth and throat, heart problems, headaches and dizziness
Ammonia eye irritation, coughing and sore throat