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Combining Hygiene Measures and Greenery To Support Social Distancing

Combining Hygiene Measures and Greenery To Support Social Distancing
20 July 2020
 

Horticulture services company phs Greenleaf has launched a range of green design products to support businesses to implement social distancing and hygiene measures.

Office design strategy has been challenged in an unforeseen way over the past months. These dual-functioning products aim to support social distancing, whilst maintaining a pleasant atmosphere for workers and visitors. 

The range of portable freewall plant dividers, hand sanitising units, directional signage, bins and planting with built-in dispensers has been designed to combine practicality with aesthetics.

 

“We’ve all seen many examples of tables outside buildings with a bottle of sanitiser, rolls of paper towels, make-shift bins and lots of tape used to create arrows and queuing systems. However, while on a practical scale this does the job, it’s very much a temporary measure and doesn’t look particularly great.” 

–Emily Vernon

Managing Director, phs Greenleaf 

 

Bringing a Design Element to Functional Objects

 

With the Prime Minister’s announcement of planned changes to guidance on working during the pandemic from August, many more individuals may return to their offices. Workplaces are set to continue to have to operate under social distancing rules for the foreseeable future.

Sanitising stations, queuing systems, working a safe distance apart and one-way routes will probably become the norm for lots of indoor spaces. phs’ concept is to bring a design element to the functional objects that are now needed to support everyday life.

The products add greenery, and the surfaces of several of the range are coated in copper which has natural antiviral and antibacterial properties. Each product incorporates a choice of real or artificial planting with the option for messaging, logos or directional arrows as well as being easy to reposition. The use of plants also improves air quality and air humidity.

 

Hand sanitiser planter

Picture: A photograph of a hand sanitiser unit with planters

Emily Vernon, managing director of phs Greenleaf commented: “There is a lot of pressure on organisations to roll out new measures to keep their employees, customers and visitors safe within their premises. 

“We’ve all seen many examples of tables outside buildings with a bottle of sanitiser, rolls of paper towels, make-shift bins and lots of tape used to create arrows and queuing systems. However, while on a practical scale this does the job, it’s very much a temporary measure and doesn’t look particularly great. 

“This is where our new range of social-distancing products come to the fore and we know they will be incredibly popular with businesses across all sectors; helping to keep people a safe distance apart, directing them through queuing and one-way systems and providing essentials such as hand sanitiser, gloves and masks.”

Picture: A photograph of some freewall plant dividers in an office setting

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 20 July 2020

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