Owning plants: Lifestyle factors to consider
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Plants are pretty. They are affordable and can enhance a space and encourage cleaner air, often resulting in a better mood and more focused concentration.
But for the super busy, somewhat lazy, and possibly intimated person, they can be hard to keep alive. Knowing what the plants need can help us do better.
Determine how much time, space and effort you can reasonably give to a new plant.
Then pay attention to your home's access to sunlight at different times of the day. When is it the brightest? What direction is the window facing? Is there a direct view to the sky? Even if you're sandwiched between two high-rises, certain plants thrive in low light situations.
Don't be afraid to experiment with plants. Some trial and error will make it possible to grow some plants.
Air conditioning is necessary, but too much of artificially cooled air drives up CFC gas emission, increases our power bills, makes power plants consume more fossil fuels, and makes us addicted to comfort.
Working from home carries with itself unique challenges that are not addressed or even acknowledged in many cases.
Dozing off during work is often an unwanted effect of longer working hours and family responsibilities. Lack of a good night’s sleep isn’t helping either.
Biophilic design is a concept of using both direct and indirect exposure to nature to increase wellbeing.
Leading up to 2020, biophilic design was a major office trend. Amazon introduced spherical conservatories to its Seattle headquarters, and Facebook created a 3.6-acre rooftop garden at its Silicon Valley hub. Due to the pandemic, remote workers can bring the concept back home with them and create a work environment with their own wellbeing in mind.
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