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How Natural Materials Can Impact Your Well-being

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From the very beginning, natural materials have always been our first choice at Create Gift Love, with almost all of our products being largely made from wood, leather, or a combination of the two. We love how individual this makes each item and how nature dictates their exact textures, colours and patterns. It means that no two CGL items are the same, each being as unique as its owner.

But what if the benefits of working with natural materials went even further? We've talked before about the benefits that nostalgia can have when customers choose our products to capture their favourite memories, and there are now studies showing that the materials we use can also have a positive impact on our well-being.

The term biophilia refers to the innate affinity of human beings with the natural world. From thousands of years of living off the land, humans have developed a deep rooted connection with nature, however the rise of urban living and man-made materials has put pressure on this connection as we have less opportunities to spend time in the natural environment. Stress related illnesses such as cardio-vascular disease and mental health disorders are on the rise and some experts believe this is in part due to our loss of touch with nature.

However, it's not all bad news and this is where the concept of biophilic design comes into play. By incorporating natural materials such as plants and solid wood into the built environment, it's said to reduce stress and blood pressure while increasing creativity and productivity. Studies have also shown that bringing elements of the natural world into the home or office can improve concentration and levels of engagement

Of course, it takes more than a few isolated natural pieces for a space to have truly effective biophilic design, however choosing natural products over their man-made counterparts when you shop is a great place to start. Plus, it has less of an environmental impact.

We will always choose to work with natural materials at Create Gift Love. The benefits speak for themselves - both in appearance, feel and deeper physical advantages. Along with the element of personalisation we offer, you know that when you shop with us your item really has been made with you in mind. The positive impact it may have on your well-being is a gift in itself.

Read more here:

http://www.oliverheath.com/biophilic-design-connecting-nature-improve-health-well/

https://www.metropolismag.com/architecture/what-is-and-is-not-biophilic-design/

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