the dirt on plants & their benefits

Updated: Sep 6

Mood boosting, air-quality improving, and design enhancing - plants are the ultimate solution to happiness, healthiness, and expressiveness. Plants provide so many benefits, both to humans and the environment itself.


Plants provide us with...


Oxygen

Plants are such an important part of life. During the process of photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air, and long story short, oxygen is released into the atmosphere. Essential to life on earth, the oxygen plants provide is inhaled by humans and animals.


Food

Plants are the basis of the food web. They are the main source of food for humans and animals. In the form of fruits, veggies, grains, plant-based foods provide key nutrients to human’s diets - carbohydrates, minerals, fats, proteins, vitamins. What else could we ask for?     


Medicine

As interest in natural and holistic remedies is rising, plants act as a viable option to use for healing purposes. There are thousands and thousands of plant species that act as powerful medicines. Popular natural remedies include ginseng root, ginkgo biloba, chamomile, aloe vera, and mentha. 


Clothing

As a source of textile and fabric material, plants offer eco-friendly clothing options. As a principal material for clothing, cotton is a high demand plant. Other plant material such as hemp, flax and ramie are favored for their functions as clothing material and other fabric purposes such as for bedding. 


Shelter

Plants are the building blocks of our homes and buildings. Material used for both interior and exterior parts of buildings are comprised of plant material. For example, wood, bamboo, timber and straw material, which are all derived from plants, are used in many ways to construct homes and buildings such as for flooring, walls and paint purposes.

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Biophilic Design: Connecting Nature & The Built Environment