Our New York Web Design Company is located in the heart of the city, right by Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. Scattered inside New York City’s boroughs are neighborhoods, and scattered inside of them are districts: one-to-three block areas that sell one item almost exclusively. The Diamond District is up on 47th St. between 5th and 6th Ave. The Garment District is tucked below Times Square, in the high 30′s between 8th and 7th Ave. Noam Design itself sits in the midst of the fur district (but that’s probably whole other blog post).
Two blocks south of us is the plant district, which Noam Design is only just beginning to take advantage of. Plants in offices are nothing new, but how many tech-centric companies do you see trying to literally go green?
The benefits of decorative plants in the office are obvious: better ambiance, fresher air, and more pleasing scents. Recently, at the 2009 TED conference, New Delhi businessman Kamal Meattle proposed an extreme extension of this: to maximize the benefits of greenery, you should buy 11 plants per people in your office!
Meattle’s thinking is based on a large-scaled experiment utilizing a business with hundreds of workers. You can check out his presentational slide show . In particular, Meattle singles out Areca Palms, Mother-in-law’s Tongue, and the Money Plant.
Even the Taj Mahal in India is utilizing a greener solution to freshening up its environs. Tulasi is currently used to clean the landmark, and it makes a good cold remedy, to boot!
Noam Design probably won’t go as far as 11 plants per person, but we have invested in more manageable plants, such as bamboo, spiced up here and there with colorful selections from down on 28th St. Aesthetically, plants and technology seem like complete opposites, but they don’t have to be, and there’s an added plus in giving employees something green to connect to in their work environment. Taking care of a plant can be taking care of the office, taking care of the business, taking care of yourself, and taking care of the planet – all at once!