Plants always dominate social media. Instagram Facebook, and Twitter are all full of decorating plant pictures. And why not?
They are gorgeous and breathtaking little elements that reflect a peaceful aura around the living space. Local cafes and supermarkets are also taking part in this drama by hanging plants or shrubs from the ceiling. But not all of those are real plants; some are fake and made of plastics and thin steel rods.
Holidays like Christmas and New Year eve are also interested in picking artificial plants over real plants. On the other hand, couples can’t think about choosing artificial roses for their partners on Valentine’s Day. So why are there so many opinions on Fake plants vs. Real plants? What’s the reason behind it?
Is it the quality of the plants or the emotions of the people? Trust me, the facts I discover will overwhelm your conventional thinking.
Why Do People Like Fake Plants?
Researchers find out 75% to 80% of Americans prefer fake plants over real plants. And the proof lies in the 1 billion dollar market that is growing 4% every year. According to this data, the actual plant market seems to lose out to plastic. Fake plants better than the real deal or not, it varies on whom you ask.
However, if you ask me about the durability of the fake plants, I have to admit the power-punch. One can easily re-use it year after year. Average fake plants last at least five years.
But there is something that will make you uncomfortable about fake plants. Most of these artificial plants are imported from China, and the transportation carbon emission is beyond calculation. If you asked me about the making process, that is another environmental hazard to explain.
These fake plants are mostly made of PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), which is widely known as the most toxic chemical for human health and the environment. Though the chemical is not a proven cancer element, yet the risk to its manufacturer employees cannot be overlooked.
Why Do Natural Plants Matter?
On the Contrary, real plants have multiple health benefits. The scientist explained that real plants could reduce stress or illness and make you feel better. Creativity will increase if you keep real plants around you. Sometimes, the house can get toxicity from paints and other modern residues that you bring with the daily commodities; in that case, real plants act as excellent anti-toxicants, which is impossible for fake plants.
Pollution affects our health at home and in the office. Natural plants improve the room’s humidity and clean the pollution. If you harvest your decorative plants or buy it from the nursery, from chopping it down to pitching it at your space, that experience alone is memorable.
But the downside of the chopping is worth mentioning. Chopping wood from the soil is terrible for the planet, though, some will argue that the plantations of these trees are well aware of the situation and plant a tree for each slashed one. The line of reasoning remains because a single tree takes at least one year to grow in full size; meanwhile, the boost of carbon emission won’t stop.
So if you think going green is essential, then you might switch to other options. Besides, no one wants hectic maintenance of the real plants, and who will take care of them when you go for vacations?
You already understood the impacts of each kind on your personal life and overall environment. You can either keep it real and make sure of your healthy living or reduce global warming by picking the fake ones.
My suggestion is, Accommodate your personal preference and get into the best plants that suit your property most.