Our Environmental Commitment

At Vantage Spaces, we understand that we have a responsibility to look after and care for our customers, the wider community and environment. That’s why we’re committed to making our company a leading force for sustainability and employee welfare.

We’re working hard to minimise our environmental impact and improve the lives of our customers and employees, whilst also embracing the responsibility and opportunity to impact the world beyond our operations.

Employee Welfare

Vantage Spaces don’t just care for plants, we care for people too! We’re committed to improving the lives of every single member of our team. That’s why we voluntary pay all our staff above the London Living Wage, so they can enjoy life to the fullest.

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Cutting our CO2 Emissions

The planet’s climate is changing rapidly, and not for good! With global warming being caused by greenhouse gases, specifically CO2, we’re looking at new ways we can help to make a difference. We’ve recently expanded our fleet of electric vehicles, and our planting is also peat-free, which is important because peat bogs help take CO2 out of the air, reducing air pollution.

Commitment to Recycling

Plastic and other man-made materials are littering our environment, polluting the seas and harming wildlife. Vantage Spaces are committed to reducing our plastic intake, that’s why we recycle everything that we encounter during plant delivery and installation.

Why is hydroculture great for a workplace?

The benefits of plants go far beyond their obvious visual appeal, helping improve air quality, productivity, and much more. Architects and interior designers have introduced biophilic design after seeing the benefits it can provide, including improved mental health and wellbeing, and increased work performance.

As for hydroculture plants, they have a variety of benefits over their compost counterparts when it comes to office life:

 

No fungus gnats (flies!)

Interior plants can be the perfect breeding grounds for small flies called fungus gnats, which can be irritating and quite difficult to control. They thrive in moist or damp organic matter and more typical soils provide this environment. With hydroculture, the plant grows with a rock-based growing medium, so fungus gnats cannot reproduce or thrive in this environment.

 

Easy to water

Maintaining interior office plants can be a hassle, especially when the office staff forget to water them. One of the most common and easiest mistakes made with soil is over-watering, which can lead to the death of the plant. With hydroculture, it’s still possible to over-water or under-water plants but the margin for error is greater. The abundant air present enables a stronger root system that is also more forgiving if over-watered.

Hydroculture plants also have a longer watering cycle, as the length of time between watering is typically tripled compared with a soil-based plant. Some can go six weeks or more without having to be watered again. This can be especially helpful for plants in offices and other work environments.

 

Longer-lasting plants

Hydroculture is the ideal growing medium for interior office plants because the roots are healthier and more robust. Healthy root systems support longer-lasting plants, meaning you’re not constantly having to spend more money on replacing dead ones!

At Vantage Spaces, we care about plants and the environment they inhabit. That’s why #NaturallyCaring is one of our core values! Vantage Spaces believe that the simplest things can make a real difference. Connecting with nature through flowers, plants and green walls can make workplaces a truly great place to be.

When designing the layout of an office or workspace, it’s important to consider the environmental factors at play. Choosing the correct greenery can be just as important as choosing the right sustainable materials for desks and other office furniture, after all, plants have multiple design and health benefits.

When you see a potted plant in an office block or coffee shop, chances are that it has been grown and kept in either soil or compost. But, did you know that there is another way to grow plants without using soil? One that takes better care of your plants, is more environmentally-friendly, and honestly – less messy than soil!

It’s called Hydroculture.

Hydroculture – What is it?

You may have already heard of ‘hydroponics,’ which involves growing plants in a liquid growing medium solution. This method has become popular in growing vegetables like tomatoes and lettuce.

Hydroculture is similar to hydroponics, but instead of using a nutrient solution containing water as a growing medium, it uses an inorganic solid growing medium (or inert). These tend to be made of rock-based clay pellets. This hydroculture method can deliver ample water and nutrients to the roots of plants while simultaneously providing abundant oxygen to the root zone.

In other words, this means that plants can be grown without the use of soil, bark or peat. Free from the weight of soil, plants grow better and stronger due to an aerated root structure. Once plants have become acclaimed to hydroculture, they are relatively easy to care for. Many hydroculture plants can go more than six weeks until the next watering!

Most importantly, hydroculture allows for peat-free planting, helping to protect natural peat bog landscapes and the animals that live in them!

List of plants that you can use

Some of the hydroculture-friendly plants include:

  • Peace Lily
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Spider Plant
  • Ficus
  • Yucca
  • Sansevieria
  • Chinese Money Plant

However, be aware that not all plants can survive in hydroculture, so it’s important to check beforehand. Our specialists will be able to help and advise you on which greenery you can use.

 

What is peat?

Peatbogs are a type of scarce habitat, that is often home to a wealth of living creatures and plants. Peat is hugely important to our planet and the environment for a variety of reasons including:

  • It acts as a carbon store and holds more carbon than the combined forests of Britain, France and Germany. They absorb carbon monoxide from atmosphere, which in turn helps to protect the Earth’s ozone layer.
  • Peatlands are a habitat for wildlife, where many scarce species inhabit them.
  • Peat holds up to 20 times its own weight in water.
  • It’s even important in archaeology, as preserves a record of past vegetation, landscapes and people.

Peat is used in modern gardening due to its fertile properties. It is often the main ingredient in most store-bought composts which came into common usage in the mid-20th century. In fact, many commercial composts are made up of almost 100% peat.

Is it environmentally sustainable?

Unfortunately, peat is not a sustainable material. The peat that is used to produce the garden compost is mainly derived from natural peatbogs, which are being destroyed to meet rising consumer demand.

The peatlands of the UK have hence become some of the most endangered natural habitats in the country, as the intensive mining of peat has destroyed these valuable ecosystems.

It’s also extremely damaging to the climate, as estimates believe that removing and processing peat for composts release around 630,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the planet’s atmosphere. That is why Vantage Spaces offer hydroculture as a sustainable and more environmentally friendly alternative to compost!

 

Make the most out of hydroculture with Vantage Spaces

Vantage Spaces offer a completely bespoke biophilic design service, with specialists on hand to offer advice and help you choose the best hydroculture plants to suit your office.

Supported by our maintenance team, we take the stress out of sourcing and managing plants in workplaces.

Get in touch today to see how we can help you with your design needs!