7 Benefits to Plants in the Classroom

As we make the move to green our inner environments and habits, adding houseplants to our home and workspaces is an ever-popular change. Though teachers and school administration seem to be catching on a little less quickly, adding potted plants to our learning spaces can have an incredible, positive effect on students.

In both children and adults, the presence of plants tends to improve health, mood, performance and activity across the board. Many studies show the positive effects of bringing nature indoors, including some of these amazing results:

- Potted plants in the classroom can reduce sick-leave among primary-aged students

- Plants in the classroom improve grades and behavior among middle school students

- Plants in classrooms improve performance and lower feelings of discomfort in university students

- Both students and staff report more positive feelings and satisfaction around learning with plants in classrooms

- Spending time in parks improves concentration in children with ADD

- Plants in workspaces can improve memory retention by up to 20%

- Plants in a classroom setting can improve spelling, science and math scores by up to 14%

With effects like these, it’s pretty clear where we should go from here: more plants in the classroom!

We’ve got a few favorite plants for just this purpose and great ideas (we think!) for ways to incorporate nature into your learning space. Check back next month for tips on bringing nature inside your four classroom walls!

Natural Cleaners in the Classroom

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know about the huge push across the world to switch to greener, more sustainable cleaning practices, everywhere from homes to offices to dry cleaners and beyond.

We’re passionate about schools, so here’s a few tips on how, and why, to switch to natural cleaners in the classroom.

Standard Cleaning Products and Indoor Air Pollution

In 2009, The Environmental Working Group found that, in California alone, cleaning supplies release 32 tons of contaminants (457 different types) into the air each day.

Why Go Natural

  • Clean naturally because the air inside a space can be up to 4 to 5 times as toxic as the air outside. With a 6-7 hour school day, that’s most of a child’s day spent in a toxic atmosphere.

  • Clean naturally because it’s been proven that indoor air quality (IAQ) greatly affects a student’s ability to perform.

  • Clean naturally because a recent study found that test scores significantly increased with greater ventilation of outside air into classrooms.

  • Clean naturally to avoid the byproducts of toxic indoor air quality like:

    • Direct effect on classwork and learning

    • Increased health problems

    • Missed school days

The Fix

Like conquering bad habits, it’s easier to replace them with positive habits than it is to kick them cold turkey.  

So, take a look around your classroom and swap out harmful, traditional cleaning supplies with legitimate green options.

We’ll make it even easier for you and share a few of our favorite natural cleaning products and DIY recipes in Part 2! Stay tuned!