The Benefits Of Having A Green Plant At Home

Plants play a crucial role in the environment. They not only add moisture to the air but also filter greenhouse gasses from the environment. This is one of the reasons you will feel relaxed when in a garden or the park. Some of these benefits and more can be brought into your living environment as well. You only need to bring in a green plant to the house. Succulents, ferns, and spider plants are some of the best picks you can have for your house. These plants do not demand much in terms of maintenance and care but bring in a whole lot of benefits to everyone living in the house. Outlined below are some of the benefits of having a green plant in the house.

1. Air Purification
Green plants use up carbon dioxide while giving out oxygen and moisture. With the plants using up carbon dioxide during the day, you can be assured of a cleaner and better air quality than before. This also translates to healthier lungs and the entire respiratory system. In addition to increasing oxygen supply in the house, green plants are known to release moisture and ions into the air. These ions help attract other allergens in the air, hence reducing the risk of allergic reactions. The moisture released is good for your skin as well. You won’t necessarily need a humidifier in the house with several green plants within. The moisture released into the air helps keep your skin moisturized hence preventing cases of dry skin among other health issues.

2. Plants Help Reduce Stress
There are countless clinical proofs that plants do help reduce anxiety, stress, and fatigue. This has been proven by having potted or indoor plants inside a clinical setting or even in workplaces. The plants work particularly well in rooms/offices with poor ventilation. Bringing a green plant to the living room, for instance, creates some tranquility and serenity you would want to relax. Doctors however believe the natural air purification process only found with trees helps your mind relax even better. Breathing in the fresh air is one way to reduce anxiety and stress.

3. Promotes Healing
Nature has its way of solving mysteries. This applies to promoting healing as well. Green plants store potent properties that help promote healing naturally. One of the best ways to describe this is when someone is suffering from high blood pressure, common colds, and headache. Simply going outside and interacting with nature helps you feel much better than when indoors. This is because nature, and especially green plants act as an immunity shot against most health conditions. Bringing a plant inside brings all these benefits to your home. Your children and pets won’t suffer from allergies anymore, and you won’t experience the painful headaches.

These are just but a few of the many reasons you should consider bringing a plant inside the house. Having a plant or two in the house also help you connect with nature easily without necessarily having to step outside. This is particularly crucial for individuals living busy lives in the city.

History of As Green as it Gets

The farmers who harvest the worlds’ coffee beans are poor, despite the fact that coffee is one of the most valuable global industries. Farmers work hard planting, cultivating, and harvesting coffee, and yet they receive very little for their harvest when it comes time to sell. This leaves their families and communities unable to provide the basic education, housing, nutrition, and healthcare needed to foster healthy and happy lives.

We set out to change that. In order to eradicate the marginalization of farmers, we created an integrated international supply chain that links farmers directly with consumers and extends all the way from the field to the final sale. We then partnered with cooperatives that produce great coffee but lack the ability to reap the rewards of the (literal!) fruits of their labor. We sell their coffee directly to consumers and roasters in a number of countries, and farmers receive the full value of the profit generated from these sales.

In doing so, we have turned the system on its head and created benefits for all. Consumers get great tasting coffee at affordable prices and the knowledge that they are treating farmers fairly. Coffeehouses win because they can offer this great coffee to their customers along with the story of how they are part of the solution. Farmers win because they earn a living wage from they coffee that enables them to support their families and communities.

Our impact is not just incremental but transformative. By selling through our supply chain, farmers are able to earn much more than they would otherwise. Generally, famers earn between 40% and 250% more than they would selling their product in the local markets available to them. These extra profits give farmers a chance to achieve what previously they had only dreamed of – investing in their families for a brighter and more prosperous future.

We are frequently asked whether we are Fair Trade certified, and the answer is no. Fair Trade certification ensures a modest price increase for farmers, whereas our model ensures that farmers earn the full value of their product. As our model ensures a much larger benefit for farmers, and as there is a cost associated with Fair Trade certification, we decided not to pursue that option.

If you have more questions about Fair Trade’s benefits and drawbacks, we suggest you read this very well-written article on the subject.