Biophilia

How We Connect with Nature

What is Biophilia?

First described by psychologist and philosophiser Erich Fromm in the 1960’s, Biophilia, simply put, is the Love of Life, or Living Systems. American Biologist Edward O. Wilson went further to introduce and popularise the ‘Biophilia hypothesis’ in the mid 1980’s, that we don’t just love all things in the natural world, but we are genetically connected to them. As humans we have a deep desire to connect with nature whenever possible, which might explain why we keep plants and flowers at home and in our office.

Biophilia

Our subconscious desire to be close to nature in our everyday lives continues even in the workplace and unfortunately as we see companies either taking away or never implementing such connections as plants, flowers or even fresh air, we now see more people feeling disconnected at work, and thus less productive.

The Benefits of Plants in the workplace

So how does Biophilia change the mind set in the workplace and bring benefits to the employers and employees? How can we practically introduce nature into the work place, whether it’s planting, water, fresh air, or even the smell of fresh cut grass, without spending money unnecessarily?

Take our interactive tour to find out how something so simple can play a significant part in your work environment.

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