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Wood is Good For Your Body and Brain

Date: 01-Apr-15
Author: Emily Donnelly

Nano House Exhibition, Customs House, Sydney © Planet Ark

Nano House Exhibition, Customs House, Sydney

Exposure to wooden furniture has real and measurable health and wellbeing benefits. Planet Ark's new report  Wood - Housing, Health, Humanity, which was released ahead of World Wood Day on Saturday 21st March 2015, examines the growing body of research showing the range of health and wellbeing benefits of living, working and learning in environments rich in wooden furnishing and fixtures.

The report also found that:

  • Residents in aged care facilities interact more with each other when surrounded by wood,
  • Students in classrooms that feature more wood have lower heart rates and stress responses than students in classrooms featuring plastic and metal and
  • Two out of three workers prefer offices with wooden chairs, desks and blinds over the same office with those items made from plastic.

The studies also examined the effects of wooden rooms and furnishings, clearly demonstrating that the presence of wood has positive physiological and psychological benefits that mimic the effect of spending time outside in nature. The feelings of natural warmth and comfort that wood elicits in people has the effect of lowering blood pressure and heart rates, reducing stress and anxiety and increasing positive social interactions. Wood products within a room have also been shown to improve indoor air quality by moderating humidity.

Deputy Lord Mayor Clr Robin Kemmis officially launched the report at a nano house exhibition in Sydney, hosted by Planet Ark and emceed by our new ambassador, interior designer James Treble.

For more information on the report visit 

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