6 Plants That Improve Your Workspace

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Do you want to feel better and be productive?

If you’re ever in a funk, the best remedy is fresh air. For some creatives, that's not always possible. When you can’t always be outside, bring the fresh air to you! Here are 6 studio plants that improve the air quality of your space.

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Peace Lily

The peace lily is a favourite office plant for air purification and its ability to thrive in low-light. The secret to keeping your peace lily alive? Don’t over water it!  Touch the topsoil and only water when dry.

English Ivy

English ivy is a clinging evergreen vine. This vine is a powerhouse when it comes to cleaning and purifying the air. It is known to reduce airborne fecal particles and formaldehyde— yuck. If your desk is in close proximity to the bathroom, then this is the plant that you want to have near you!

NOTE: If you work from home or have office pets, this is not the best plant for you! English ivy is toxic to cats and dogs, we wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s fur baby!

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Snake Plant

The spider plant is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. According to a recent NASA study (hello, nerd alert), this plant even improves indoor air quality through the passive absorption of many bad things, such as nitrogen oxides, formaldehyde, and other toxins— A huge benefit when stuck in a tin can in the middle of space!

Weeping Fig

These trees need a well-lit area. This plant is extremely resilient but does need a bit of time to adjust to new surroundings.

When adjusting to new environments, its leaves will show discolouration and start to fall off— this is not a sign that it needs water!

If you over water the weeping fig, more leaves will start to fall and you have now opened yourself up to a vicious cycle. This plant is particularly good at filtering xylene (solvent) and toluene (hydrocarbon associated with paint thinners) from the air!

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This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene (a by-product of chemical-based cleaners).

The use of aloe dates back to the early Egyptians, Chinese, and Roman empires. From burns to heartburn, lowering blood sugar to skin care- what can’t this powerhouse plant do.

Fun fact: It was said that Alexander the Great conquered the island of Socotra, off the coast of Africa in order to secure aloe growing there to heal his soldiers!

Jade Plant

In Japanese Folklore, the jade plant is known as the friendship plant, money tree, or the lucky plant. If you’re even a little superstitious then we recommend having one of these cutie succulents on the corner of your desk.


Every plant on this list is easily accessible in most countries and holds so many benefits that I think that we all can use a few in our workplaces. Not only do these plants filter the air, but they make your workspace more inviting and feel less like an office and more like a place you genuinely want to spend time in.

A little bit of greenery never hurt anybody!

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