5 Ways Plants Help Your Environment

Little or large, an indoor garden benefits your environment in many ways. Not only are plants lovely to look at, they also play a very important part in keeping you healthy.

Houseplants have been going in and out of vogue ever since the early Greeks and Romans starting bringing their plants in from the outdoors.

The Victorians loved their potted palms and the 70s wouldn’t have been the same without ferns and spider plants … everywhere. 

Current style dictates a lighter hand with the green things – sculptural stems and succulents rule the roost – but the truth is this: Houseplants should transcend trends.

The benefits they confer should make us consider them a necessity rather than an object of décor, because honestly, good health should never be out of style.

If you need convincing, here are some of the ways that bringing plants inside helps us out.

1. Plants reduce pollution by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and giving off oxygen – just what we need to survive! This is called photosynthesis.

2. If your garden has edible plants that you can eat, it means that you don’t have to shop at the supermarket as much! Sometimes food at the supermarket has traveled very far to get there, using up a lot of energy. Eating food that has been grown in your garden helps cut down on this.

3. Plants help remove chemicals and bacteria from water in the ground.

4. For wildlife, plants can be both their food source and home! Lots of plants give animals, insects and reptiles more places to hide from predators.

5. Trees and plants absorb sound and help with noise pollution. For people who live near a motorway or railway, planting trees can prevent some of the noise from roads and trains disturbing homes.

By tending to your garden and plants, you'll have fun and help out the planet too!