The plant display maintenance contract is probably the most economical office service there is. It can be argued that the benefits outweigh the cost and yet it is usually the first service to get the chop during a recession. Artificial plants can be used instead of live plants but very few look good in the longer term. They are not easy to dust and intensive cleaning may be necessary every few months with the additional cost that entails. There is alternative, however. More suited to modern, funky office decor, bleached driftwood provides an interesting focal point. The branches and stems are 'planted' in decorative planters and with no foliage, real or fake, they are easy to keep clean and dust-free.