The wondrous world of plants and how intelligence helps them to survive

2018-03-12T14:14:59+01:00By |How To, Research|

Plants can talk. For a long time, that belief was dismissed as woolly nonsense. But the more we come to know about plants and their properties, the more scientists are becoming convinced that plants really can communicate. And they do that quite ingeniously. Plants pick up signals from their surroundings, process that information and Read More

How plants flourish: the advantages of healthy soil life in potting soil

2018-03-12T14:16:23+01:00By |How To, Research|

It is said we know more about the universe than about the soil beneath our feet. Thankfully, this is gradually changing. A healthy soil is full of life, literally. Full not only of tiny living creatures such as worms and wood louse, but also of micro-organisms such as fungi and bacteria. Together with plants, Read More

Phytoremediation: how plants help restore balance to our environment

2017-12-07T09:43:03+01:00By |How To, Research|

Plants are lovely to see – and they can raise your spirits, as well. But perhaps even more importantly: plants also play a very important role in ridding our surroundings of toxic substances. The world is becoming increasingly urbanised and dirty, in rapid tempo. In cities, smog forms a substantial problem, as do soil Read More

From Smart to Healthy in the workplace

2018-04-11T11:40:01+02:00By |Research, Workplace|

In the US, her home country, Elizabeth Nelson both witnessed and experienced the effect that a 'non-stop-till-you-drop' work ethos combined with a sitting culture in unhealthy buildings has on people. That must and can change, she felt. It's high time for a working environment where people play the key role. She switched from business Read More

And the air purifying or waste processing champion is….

2017-12-07T09:40:00+01:00By |How To, Research|

Plants are capable of absorbing volatile organic compounds and converting them into nutrients. It has long been known that plants can adsorb substances with the pores on their leaves. In recent years, however, research has increasingly been focusing on the wondrous workings of plant components below ground. Roots absorb toxic substances, to a slight Read More

Why biophilic design always pays

2017-10-05T08:40:43+02:00By |How To, Research|

There has recently been a growing interest in incorporating nature into design and building, known in the jargon as "biophilic design". It produces buildings which feel good and in which people feel better. And consequently perform better. In the workplace, for instance, it goes hand in hand with lower sickness absence rates and higher Read More

What do plants do for us?

2018-03-09T11:27:42+01:00By |How To, Research|

Plants make oxygen from carbon dioxide (CO2), break down Volatile Organic Compounds (or: VOCs), and keep air humidity at healthy levels. Research has demonstrated that not only do we get healthier with plants around us, we become happier too. We have explained our key message in a number of articles and Read More

What takes your breath away – indoors

2017-10-05T08:59:10+02:00By |At Home, Research|

Spring! Welcome back! The winter is over. The windows can be opened wide again, and the stale air replaced with something fresher. While most of us already realise that that’s probably good for us, a study by the Harvard School of Public Health recently revealed that the quality of the air we breathe indoors Read More

Green and hygiene in healthcare: dream marriage or problematic relationship?

2017-10-04T18:11:04+02:00By |Care, Research|

We all know it’s sound advice: being around nature is good for people. We get our breath of fresh air and clear our head in the outdoors. If we look at historical examples, the health sector used to believe so too. Convents and sanatoriums were all located in natural surroundings. In the past 60 Read More

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