Updated: Jun 3, 2022
Where it all started?
It all started in the 1980s with believe it or not - NASA scientists and the research led by Dr Bill Wolverton tackling the Clean Air Study to figure out the phenomenon of "Sick Building Syndrome" (SBS). The Sick Building Syndrome happens when the building is sealed well holding all the toxins released by synthetic materials with not enough clean oxygen to fight it, making people feel sick. A closed environment like that caused headache, dizziness, nausea and respiratory difficulties.
Importance of Indoor Plants
Besides being a beautiful decorative piece and a natural air purifier, there must be something more to it, right? There must be a reason why plants became such an important part of our lives.
According to a NASA report published by Wolverton in 1989:"If a man is to move into closed environments, on Earth or in space, he must take along nature’s life support system.” Plants.
Once the plants were introduced to the environment, it showed that the air quality was significantly higher with most of the VOCs being removed, and the symptoms disappeared. (source) "They emit negative ions which not only help reduce airborne microorganisms but give us euphoric feeling." - Dr Wolverton.
Other important factors to consider - plants boost your mood, productivity and creativity. They reduce noise levels, stress, depression and respiratory difficulties.