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Does your head ache when you are on the job? Do you get more sore throats at work than when on holidays? How about feeling tired way too often in the workplace? An easy remedy exists. Head off to a gardening nursery or a store which sells plants. Put simply, perhaps you do not have enough green plants in your life to keep you healthy. Studies show people who work near plants breathe easier.   Whether at work or at home, indoor plants can help your body to combat air pollution. For example, in the bedroom you might place a flowering Gerbera Daisy pot-plant near where you store freshly dry-cleaned clothes. This plant reduces the levels of benzene, a chemical solvent used for dry cleaning that can damage your immune system and which has been linked to anaemia. In the kitchen, a pot of English Ivy will remove formaldehyde, a respiratory irritant, which enters the air when you use some dishwashing liquids, disinfectants, fabric softeners and carpet cleaners. The Ivy also helps in the workplace. Pressed-wood products such as cabinets and tables, and certain wallpapers and paints may also emit this toxic gas.   Most of us have few facts about the chemical world that we live and move about in. In our ignorance, we expose our bodies to risk. To slow down the gradual poisoning of your body, surround yourself in the workplace and home with plants.  This simple solution gives additional benefits. Science has discovered plants provoke a positive psychological effect. The more greenery workers see, the more they like their jobs, the lower job stress they report, and the fewer sicknesses they suffer. In a study of hospital patients, those whose rooms contained plants had shorter stays and required less pain treatments than those without a view of plants. When the University of Washington studied mental health functions, it found that experiencing nature helps restore the mind from the mental fatigue of work or studies. Would you like to improve your work performance and satisfaction level? Could the answer be as simple as taking a walk in a park each day, or surrounding your workstation with plants?   In recent years, governments have added green corridors into our city scapes, and progressive planning laws require green areas to be incorporated into building design. This approach supports the idea that accessing healthy green life provides a calming and inspiring environment. In addition, research shows these environments encourage learning, inquisitiveness, and alertness. Green spaces also have the advantage of giving you room for physical activity. Scientists tell us that exercise improves our ability to learn, to think, to reason and to remember.  I want all those abilities. Don’t you? Not only do plants change your physical and mental well-being, did you know that when children make contact with nature it helps them to develop stronger connections with other people and their environment? Whether with a forest, a lone tree or a small plant, such experiences will encourage your child’s imagination and creativity, help them to learn, and improve their relationships. Won’t that give your child the chance to make a better life? Don’t we want that for all our children? A recent study concluded that when a child suffers from an attention deficit disorder (ADHD) this reduces when they play and learn in green settings. This simple use of ‘green time’ complements the use of traditional medicines. Putting yourself and your children into green environments, whatever the state of your and their health, can prevent poor health or provide treatment for bad health.  You are ‘taking’ free medicine! Plants are potent forces for the health of your body and your mind. If it’s your lunch-hour break, head off out of the workplace and buy yourself a plant or two. If at home, visit a nursery ready to start a garden. If money is a problem, ask a neighbour or a friend for a cutting or two from their easy-to-grow plants, and pop them in a pot. When you decide to start breathing easier and you want the same for our children, then ‘living with the green’ will become your mantra.
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Indoor Office Plants

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http://theturbulencetraining.com/indoor-office-plants.html Indoor plants keep the air clean, they absorb any pollutants that may be present in the air and also help to keep the area cool. Apart from that, they add to the aesthetic value of the office too. Wouldn’t you love to enter an office that has a lovely flowering plant at the entrance?...


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Alternatively green plants can become the canary of the office.  In one office I had it was impossible to keep a green plant alive. What was that environment doing to us workers?

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How to Remove Pests without Harming the Environment - Living Green Magazine

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How to Remove Pests without Harming the Environment
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It is a bug's life when the weather warms.

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For centuries clever people have known how to use the environment in a balanced way to constrain pest (whether animal, insect or vegetation) populations.  The simplest things are often the best. I find a jug of boiling water over a difficult or well rooted weed, often kills them off - this is especially great for new growth of agapanthus. Pouring some salt in a cut wound of a woody plant usually kills them off - sometimes with persistence.

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China - Pollution - Environment - New York Times

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China’s pollution problem, like the speed and scale of its rise as an economic power, has shattered all precedents.

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Travellers, tourists, locals and international politicians see the situation. How quickly can China act to reverse the damage?

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Yard MD column: Bring nature indoors in winter - Herald Times Reporter

Yard MD column: Bring nature indoors in winter - Herald Times Reporter | Living in a green world | Scoop.it
Yard MD column: Bring nature indoors in winter Herald Times Reporter At her shop, customers are able to see how fulfilling and enriching an experience it can be to bring nature indoors, as well as take classes covering miniature gardening,...
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Grey Moon, Green Moon: NASA Wants to Make Its Next "Giant Leap ...

Grey Moon, Green Moon: NASA Wants to Make Its Next "Giant Leap ... | Living in a green world | Scoop.it
In the 1960s, NASA sent robotic probes and landers to test the lunar environment before sending men. In the 2010s, the agency is sending plants in advance of its manned missions. A NASA experiment set to launch in late ...
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Hydroponics: The “Working Water” Way of Gardening : Living Green Magazine

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Hydroponics: The “Working Water” Way of Gardening : Living Green ...: Hydroponic gardening is emerging as a po... http://t.co/7yPZyxCPTd

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Hydroponics has been with us in Australia for many years now and is a great alternative for growing plants; especially where water is abundant.

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Living Green Structures <3

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Living Green Structures ♥ From: Rabbitats


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Whether decorative or functional, structures define our walkways, living and work spaces. Here's hoping for more thought in the design and building of city structures for a more sustainable future.

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Trees are awesome: Study shows tree leaves can capture 50%+ of ...

Trees are awesome: Study shows tree leaves can capture 50%+ of ... | Living in a green world | Scoop.it
Breathing is no optional, so air pollution matters. Recent studies by the World Health Organization (WHO) have shown that air pollution kills more people than AIDS and malaria combined and causes cancer.
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Use flowers, plants and real greenery to liven up the holidays - News & Observer

Use flowers, plants and real greenery to liven up the holidays - News & Observer | Living in a green world | Scoop.it
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Use flowers, plants and real greenery to liven up the holidays
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This year, instead of putting out another tired pot of poinsettias and fake ferns, why not go with something living instead?
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Why Desk Plants Can Make You More Productive - Lifehacker

Why Desk Plants Can Make You More Productive - Lifehacker | Living in a green world | Scoop.it
Better productivity could be just a trip to the greenhouse away. Seriously. Office vegetation offers "micro-restoration"--the chance for our brains to recharge throughout the day.
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