It’s a wooly wool world!

Wool is a sustainable resource. When using wool products you are indirectly supporting farmers throughout the world. The processing of wool does not require much environmental impact compared to other man-made fibers.

If you did not know, merino wool is known for its warmth. It keeps you warm when you are cool and cool when you are warm. Merino wool fibers are so fine they do not itch. A human hair is five times larger in diameter than that of merino wool fiber. It is used to make bedsheets and next-to-skin apparel.

Mom if you are wondering if it is possible to wash clothing made from wool this tip is for you: Wool fabric production has evolved to allow for machine washing and durability.

Wool is an excellent insulator and has one of the highest insulation to weight ratios of any natural or man-made fiber. New developments in spinning technology have produced wool fabric that is 30% lighter than was possible before.

Merino’s wool can be bent 20,000 times before breaking. By comparison, a cotton fibre will break after 3,000 times and silk after just 2,000. This means Merino garments not only last longer, but also retain their appearance for a longer period.

Most synthetic fibers acutally increase body odor because they create a breeding ground for bacteria. Sweat itself has no odour, but over time bacteria develop and create unpleasant odours. Merino wool reduces the opportunity for odours to develop because it quickly absorbs sweat and evaporats it into the air. Unlike synthetic fabrics, wool does not retain odors and will freshen just from airing out. In addition, the outer layer of wool fibers have a high concentration of fatty acids, which have anti-bacterial properties. The internal layers of wool fiber actually bind with acidic, basic and sulphurous odours that are components of body odour.

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