Costa Farms Supports National Indoor Plant Week

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The week recognizes the many benefits indoor plants have on air quality and well-being

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Houseplants recycle the air around them, creating a natural and healthy environment

National Indoor Plant Week is the perfect time to remind people of the many benefits our O2 for You plants provide.

Indoor plants are more than just a pretty face — they are "green heroes" that can change lives. Scientific research demonstrates houseplants aid in concentration, increase productivity and even boost well-being.

National Indoor Plant Week takes place Sept. 14-18 and brings together several organizations that are committed to the value of indoor plants. Costa Farms, the world’s largest producer of houseplants, is lending their support by teaching college students across the country how to care for plants in their dorm rooms.

Costa Farms will host giveaways to help college students makeover their dorms and Justin Hancock, Costa’s garden expert, will share tips for keeping dorm rooms stylish and healthy on college radio shows to inspire the next generation of gardeners.

“This event creates a national effort to increase awareness of the immense value of live indoor plants,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “There are so many reasons to include houseplants in our lives.”

In 2008, Costa Farms launched its ‘O2 for You: Houseplants with a Purpose’ campaign. Seven years later awareness continues to spread on how beautiful houseplants cleanse indoor air of the many chemical pollutants emitted from everyday household items.
“Houseplants recycle the air around them, creating a natural and healthy environment,” says Hancock. “National Indoor Plant Week is the perfect time to remind people of the many benefits our O2 for You plants provide. “

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top threats to public health. Indoor plants decrease stress, enhance productivity and connect people with the outdoors.

Humans spend as much as 90 percent of our lives indoors. This increased exposure to indoor air pollution has been directly linked to the increases in allergic reactions as well as other sicknesses and fatigue.

“We’re looking to remind the world that houseplants are nature’s air purifiers,” Hancock says. “These are plants that release oxygen, remove carbon dioxide and Volatile Organic Compounds from indoor spaces. They also brighten any room with their beautiful color and foliage.”

When shopping at local retailers, look for 'O2 for You' plant tags and reap the benefits of these hard-working plants.
For more information on National Plant Week, visit To learn more about the O2 for You collection from Costa Farms, visit

About Costa Farms

Costa Farms is the largest producer of indoor houseplants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third generation, family owned business that globally stretches over 3,800 acres and employs 2,800 people. Along with thriving indoor, bedding and perennial plant divisions, Costa Farms operations are located in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic, and Far East.

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