What's so great about wool?

Wool has traditionally been used in bedding for hundreds of years - for a good reason! This multi-tasking natural fibre has a range of unique benefits that synthetics simply can’t offer...

1. It’s ideal for chemical sensitivity

If you’re chemically sensitive you may react to even small concentrations of residues in synthetic bedding, as a result of the chemical processing it has undergone. Although it may look clean in the packet, synthetic bedding has often gone through bleaching, treatment with fire retardants and ‘non-iron’ additives. Formaldehyde and perfluorinated chemicals are among the ‘nasties’ that can be off-gassed in small amounts by items of synthetic bedding. Unfortunately, washing cannot completely reverse this effect.

Most of us may not notice any immediate effects from inhaling these small quantities, but if you have chemical sensitivity even a tiny amount can trigger a reaction, from headaches to skin irritations.    

If you want peace of mind that your bedding is ‘non-toxic’, we recommend looking for an organic certification, or at least a certification like the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. This goes above and beyond existing legislation, to confirm that the product has been tested to be free from harmful substances.

Organic wool is a completely natural fibre, untouched by harsh chemical bleaches, treatments or fire retardants. Our organic wool bedding is also covered with organic cotton, with every process carefully inspected. The lack of harsh chemical treatments lessens the likelihood of a chemical sensitivity reaction. Many people refer to organic wool bedding as ‘hypoallergenic’ for this reason.

Even if you don’t have allergies or chemical sensitivities, organic wool bedding is a sound option for a non-toxic and clean lifestyle.  

2. It naturally deters mould and dust mites

House dust mites are a major allergy trigger and are present in the majority of duvets, mattresses and pillows. For many people they cause no symptoms, but for the proportion of the population that is allergic, the allergens in the mite faeces can trigger a range of symptoms from sneezing and wheezing to worsened eczema symptoms.

One of the wonderful natural properties of wool is that it is naturally dust mite resistant. The lanolin and tiny bristles naturally found in wool make it inhospitable for dust mites. Wool is also able to wick away moisture, taking away one of the elements essential to life for house dust mites.

Although we recommend covering your mattress with a dust mite proof barrier case, wool is still considered superior to other bedding materials (like down and feathers) in terms of natural dust mite resistance.

The moisture-repellent properties of wool also make it naturally deterrent to moulds and mildew. Moulds need moisture to grow, but wool allows moisture to be released into the air, helping to keep the bedding dry.   

3. It can regulate your temperature at night

Wool is both breathable and able to insulate heat. These properties act as a ‘climate control’ mechanism, keeping you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold. Exactly as it does on the sheep! Other natural and synthetic fibres tend to only be good at insulating and not regulating. This can lead to overheating and disturbed sleep.

Wool is capable of absorbing up to 30% of its own weight in moisture before it begins to feel damp. The natural fibres wick away moisture from your body and release it into the air. This makes wool bedding a sound choice for anyone who tends to overheat at night. Likewise, its natural insulation properties keep you toasty when it’s cold outside. Wool bedding is even thought to be able to regulate the temperatures of two different people at the same time.

4. It is extremely comfortable

There’s a common misconception that wool is itchy, rough and too hot. For our range of organic wool bedding at least, this simply isn’t true! The wool is professionally combed (carded) into very fine fibres, creating a soft and lofty filling for pillows, duvets, mattress toppers and even mattresses themselves. It is an extremely resilient fibre that retains its shape over time, unlike synthetic fibres that can lose their ‘bounciness’. The natural ‘crimp’ and coiled structure within the fibre means that wool can be stretched out but still bounce back into its original shape.

5. It is sustainable and kind to the environment

Organic wool is about as natural a material as you can get! Sheep grow fleeces on a yearly basis, meaning that wool is a completely renewable resource. Wool itself is also naturally biodegradable and does not contribute to industrial pollution. The organic certification in our wool bedding products means that no pesticides, insecticides or harmful polluting chemicals are used in any process of production.

 


Information included in this website is not to be used as a substitute for consultation with a medical practitioner.