excessive noise can damage productivity

By Laura Hampton, eFIG | May 19, 2011 | topics: Noise Action Week

Noise in offices – it’s annoying, right? But it’s not just the disruption it causes that makes noise an issue for businesses. In fact, excessive noise levels can damage productivity and affect our health and well-being – bad news for business.

Luckily, there is a way of reducing noise that has a whole range of other benefits too: plants!

We already know that plants have a whole array of benefits; you only need glance at the range of articles featured here on the Plant Solutions website. From increased productivity to reduced absenteeism and lower stress levels, the benefits of plants really cannot be ignored.

But did you know that the introduction of plants into a space can actually lower noise levels and absorb those distracting sounds?

According to the eFIG (European Federation of Interior Landscapers) website; “Research has found that plants absorb, diffract and reflect sound waves so that noise is reduced, producing a calmer and more productive working environment. The reduction of noise by plants is most noticeable in spaces with hard surfaces.” Indeed, research into the area by Peter Costa of South Bank University, Melbourne, Australia, showed that plants both absorb and deflect sound – making for a much more comfortable environment.

Findings like this are always important – they prove that the benefits of plants go far beyond the aesthetic and confirm that the installation of plants in any area is a great investment. However, these findings are particularly prominent this week because it marks Noise Action Week.

Intended to draw people’s attention to the ill-effects of excessive noise levels, Noise Action Week runs between the 23rd and 27th May. It will be documented across the web so showing support for the initiative by providing statistics like those on the noise reducing properties of plants will really raise the profile of the interior landscaping industry.

For further information please contact Laura Hampton, eFIG Ltd via

Email: laura@zabisco.com