Helping Botany and Abode Abide

Sourced from Ladue News

Studies show that plants help clean the air, decrease the risk of illness, improve mood and even enhance concentration and memory. Yet many people live and work in a concrete jungle, rarely stopping to enjoy the benefits of green space.

Mark Woolbright, division manager at Filtrexx LivingWalls in Fenton, lists even more benefits to ample plantings: noise reduction, urban cooling, biodiversity and carbon footprint reduction. Filtrexx creates “living walls” – vertical structures embedded with various types of plants – for both outdoor and indoor spaces. The walls are functional, often built as structural retaining walls, and beautiful, cascading with lush greenery.

“Filtrexx LivingWalls are sustainable, strong and green, backed by more than 15 years of supporting research and success with composted growing media,” Woolbright says. “We use sustainable and local materials to help you create beautiful living walls that grow healthy plants.”

Although Filtrexx is headquartered in Akron, Ohio, the company’s nonretail Fenton location is open to the public, with live examples of several types of living walls where people can see what applications are available and begin the process of planning for a living wall in a home, office or landscape.

Structural living walls are used for restoration and stabilization of slopes and banks beside streams or lakes, and some structural systems, such as EarthBloxx, are as strong as traditional concrete products, Woolbright says. Yet they do something concrete never can. “They provide a more natural appearance while also increasing green space and habitat,” he notes.

Vertical living wall applications, known as VerTexx Systems, can be used indoors or outdoors, again to increase green space and give a natural look. “Vertical living walls can also be used as screens or fencing for privacy or as a design element,” Woolbright says. “Vertical systems are very popular and versatile for residential applications as well as businesses that want to add unique greenery features. They can be easily integrated at restaurants, cafés, breweries, offices, storefronts, health care facilities, schools and more. Living walls can also incorporate edible plants for growing local food.” Although the vertical walls have been more popular with businesses so far, the structural applications are often used in both commercial and residential settings.

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