Studies from all around the world show that spending time in nature, and specifically forests, are good for our health.
Being exposed to trees and green areas has many positive health effects. Here are some of the benefits:
• reduces stress
• boosts the immune system
• lowers blood pressure
• increases our ability to focus
• accelerates recovery from surgery or illness
• increases energy level
• improves sleep
The Japanese have a special term for it: shinrin-yoku, and their Ministry of of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries encourages people to visit forests to improve health. And since spending just a few minutes in a green space has a positive effect, there aren’t really any excuses not to immerse yourself in a soothing forest bath every now and then.
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Some people and organizations argue that old forests are more sustainable than new ones, no matter how responsible the forestry and harvesting. That any company who uses wood for its products is causing a major negative impact on our climate – when it comes to reduction of carbon emissions and the biodiversity of our forests. But it’s not a black and white question. As a matter of fact, there are several upsides to harvesting and managing forests to get a hold of the remarkable, renewable raw material called wood.
Alongside Gasum’s biogas plant at Nymölla mill, another sustainable initiative is in the making. All over the world, the demand for sustainable textile fibers is growing and the new facility is a demonstration plant for TreeToTextile, owned by Stora Enso, H&M Group, Inter IKEA Group, and LSCS Invest.
Gasum’s biogas plant at Nymölla Mill is now producing liquefied biogas (LBG) at full speed. We created an icon that communicates the benefits in a clear way; how we manage to, not only make use of residue from the process of turning wood into paper, but also make way for a fossil free future.