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Monday, Apr. 23rd 2018

Office Productivity: Why BIOPHILIC DESIGN is your best option

Biophilic Design Kansas City

These days, it’s not uncommon to find green plants, moss walls, a lot of natural light and paints with natural colors (on the walls), in offices. The world has discovered its innate need to keep nature as close as possible, and many organizations are tapping into it.

This install of a moss wall with a neon sign is a great example of biophilic design.  This is found in the company break room for employees to truly relax and take in the beauty on a daily basis.  

custom neon signs for business
Moss Wall with Neon Sign for Business

Before we dive into the WHY, what is Biophilic design?

Humans are wired with the innate need for continuous connection with nature, but urbanization has gradually snatched that reality. Biophilia as a concept (first popularized in 1984 by Edward O. Wilson), refers to the innate relationship between humans and nature. These designs are geared at enhancing our connection with nature at home and in the office. Thus, the plants and lighting are ways to bring nature closer to us.

Biophilic designs are a human-centered approach to the design of the home and workspace that has benefits for the health, productivity, the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being of the individuals who live or work there. Research has shown that the incorporation of elements of nature in the workplace reduces stress, heart rates, and blood pressure levels greatly. It also increases productivity, creativity and self-reported rates of well-being.

The workspace…

Biophilic design is referred to as “the best-kept secret of the workplace” for a number of reasons!  First, it adds life to the workspace. When it comes to including these designs in the workplace, the basic elements include:

The inclusion of nature to the workspace encourages a renewal of the workspace and reduces stress. It gives a feeling of the workspace as a place to settle, adapt, explore and be creative. It also fosters a sense of meaning and belonging.

Additionally, rather than the anxious and boring feeling that is common in workplaces, nature can turn the workspace into a happy place – A place where workers want to really be.  Also, there are indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins.  

Biophilic Design is the best option for office productivity…

In a competitive workplace, productivity is a word frequently on the lip of every Manager or Business Owner. There are other expensive ways to increase office productivity, but the simple transformation of your workspace is a healthy shortcut.  If you are looking for an EASY way to increase productivity, then, you need to include biophilic designs in your office.

Over the years, research has shown that biophilic designs in workplace improve workers creativity, engagement, and cognitive ability. Hence, increasing office productivity by a whopping 8 percent in one study!

Additionally, it reduces the number of staff who are absent from work and strengthens competitive advantage. Very importantly, when workers feel closer to nature, their well-being increases by about 13% and it translates to a reduction in sick leave and increase in workers input and retention.

The search for ways to boost office productivity is a continuous search. These designs offer you a long-term investment in the productivity and well-being of your staff. Let Green Clean Designs make your investment worthwhile. Contact us today for way to increase office productivity by including biophilic designs in your office. 

Here are some of our biophilic designs available for purchase from us:

Moss Painting

Moss Wall Art

Air Plant Holder

Cubicle Accessories

In another install example, the client attached planters on the top of the cubicle panels to add to the privacy and bring some plant life into the office space.  

before and after adding cubicle partition planters
Planter on Top of Cubicle Panels

Outdoor Faux Plant Wall

This outdoor faux plant wall at a shopping center is another example of ways you can utilize biophilic design.  The faux plant wall is designed for the outdoors for minimal maintenance.  

Faux Plant Walls for Outdoors

We love the living walls for commercial & residential use.  To purchase the Wallygro planter made in the US from recycled plastic, you can click this link & head to Amazon or you can purchase from us.  The planters have a reservoir in the back of the planter.  This saves in the watering as the water goes straight to the roots.  The holes in the front of the planter allow air to flow to the roots as well.  

Self Watering Hanging Planters (KC Company with the planters made from recycled plastic.  Approximately 8 milk jugs make 1 eco planter.)

Self Watering Hanging Planters

Here are the planters in white sold in a group of 4.  Love that kiss of moss done around the planter.  

White Hanging Self Watering Planters 

Indoor Living Wall Planter

We liked the wallygro eco planter so much, we developed some plant stands for their product.  Our indoor tier plant stand make having plants in the office easy.  The wood plant feature walnut, maple, & cherry.  The plant stands come in tier 2 & tier 3 with the self watering planters.  The planters come in so many colors that you can change the rotate the look.  

3 tier plant stand

indoor plant stands for multiple plants

Indoor Office Planter

For a tabletop or desktop planter stand solution, we created this wood planter stand.  

indoor office planter

Cubicle Planters

Then, you have this hanging cubicle planter spanning the cubicle panel with a cubicle hanger.

cubicle planters


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