Going Green for Longer Life

Indoor plants are all the rage on interior design blogs, Pinterest boards, and Instagram feeds, but a recent study shows a significant link between greenness and mortality rates. It’s the first of its kind to take a nationwide look at this correlation over a period of several years.

During an 8-year period, mortality rates for women who lived in the greenest surroundings were 12% lower than those in the least green areas.

“We were surprised to observe such strong associations between increased exposure to greenness and lower mortality rates,” said Peter James, research associate in the Harvard Chan School Department of Epidemiology. “We were even more surprised to find evidence that a large proportion of the apparent benefit from high levels of vegetation seems to be connected with improved mental health.”

To help put it in perspective, women in areas with the most vegetation had a whopping 34% lower rate of respiratory disease-related mortality. For cancer mortality, a 13% lower rate compared with those with the least vegetation around their homes. Greener areas may buffer air pollution, noise exposures, and provide opportunities for physical activity — proposed benefits that are consistent with the study’s specific findings.

And while this study doesn’t delve into the benefits of having indoor plants, it seems apparent that the benefits of cultivating an indoor garden or greening up your home (especially during Seattle Winters!) are real.

Unconvinced? This NASA Clean Air study found that plants like these are the best natural air filters, effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from the air — chemicals that have been linked to health effects like headaches and eye irritation.

Zimp is focused on delivering the best ecofriendly cleaning services to your home in Seattle. Green comes naturally to us! Going green is beautiful, healthy, and honestly addictive here in the PNW.

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