Why use Organic wool?
This is a vital question that why wool is used to make handmade and hand knotted rugs. Why not another material? To address the answer of this query, we would like to let you know the benefits of wool in the following lines.
What Is Organic Wool?
Organic wool originates from healthy sheep raised on an organic farm. As opposed to conventional wool, pure wool goes right from the farm through the manufacturing process without exposure to any harsh chemicals.Many wool producers are embracing the demand for organic wool. Consumers and designers fuel the fire by being aware of health issues and making a conscious effort to be environmentally responsible.
Organic sheep wool is highly renewable resource that is easily sustained using organic methods. In a worldwide "living green" movement, eco-wool is emerging as a hot new market.
Organic wool comes from sheep raised under a holistic approach toward humans, animals and the environment. These animals are raised "free range" under natural, healthy conditions.
This means that they have been grazed on land that is pesticide and fertilizer free, and haven't been exposed to synthetic or harmful chemicals that are harmful to humans or the livestock. The result is disease free animals with healthy immune systems.
Sheep are shorn annually in an animal-friendly manner. This naturally renewable resource is highly sustainable and doesn't cause environmental pollution. The natural fibres are recyclable and biodegradable.
Right from the farm to the finished wool product, organic wool has not been chemically treated. When it comes to processing, raw wool is cleaned using biodegradable cleansing agents, and then it's carded and spun at organic mills.
Organic agriculture is one of the fastest growing areas of agriculture. On a global scale, organic wool production accounts for approximately 1.3 tonnes per annum. About 60% of that is processed into apparel.
That's a drop in the bucket compared to the overall growth potential. The global marketplace is awakening and demonstrating a need for organic wool.
Many growers are turning to organic farming methods. Consumer support will help them succeed, and why not? In the end, we benefit dramatically too.
Choosing eco wool clothing promotes a positive human lifestyle and is infinitely more beneficial for animal and environmental health.
Benefits Of Organic Wool:
Aside from it's natural softness and comfort, organic wool offers up several other benefits:
Organic wool is widely used by people with chemical sensitivities.
Organic wool has natural wicking abilities. Wools are able to absorb up to 30% of their weight without feeling damp. The coiled fibers wick moisture away from the body to evaporate naturally.
Mold and mildew resistant:
Due to the wicking action, moisture is able to pass through the fibers. Mildews require held in moisture to grow.
Organic wool has natural ability to repel liquids, rain and snow.
Its fibers resist tearing and wool clothing will last for years.
Natural Fire Retardant:
Unlike synthetic fleece, which ignites and melts easily, wool easily resists flame. It doesn't support combustion, which is why firefighters wear wool.
Its natural fibers don't collect static and dust or dirt can be easily brushed off the surface. Because of the lanolin, wool naturally stays cleaner than most fabrics.
Amazing breeds of sheep produce charming natural colors. Wool easily accepts dyes and color bonds permanently.
Wool is Resilient:
Unlike most fibres, wool is very resilient. Resilient means that it springs back to its original state after we put pressure on it.
Wool Regulates Heat and Moisture:
Wool fibres, unlike synthetic fibres, will absorb moisture. Wool can absorb about 30% of its weight and still be dry. When you put pressure or weight on wool and leaves it, this moisture evaporates. This makes for a much cooler foot step, sitting and sleeping on it. Synthetic fibres, on the other hand, cannot absorb moisture, which means that the moisture is not absorbed and stays on you.
Natural (the only one!) Fire Retardant:
In Australia, we have very strict fire retardant laws and we are also very concerned about it. When wool is in contact with fire, it melts instead of starting on fire. That is one of the reasons why handmade and hand knotted rugs are preferred in every strata of society. If the rug is to be in contact with fire, the wool would melt and would create a barrier that would stop the fire from spreading throughout the rug.
Dust Mite Repellent:
A lot of people are allergic to dust mites. Here again, wool is a superstar!
Because of natural oil called Lanolin, The organic wool that we use for rugs has about 3 to 5% of Lanolin in it. Lanolin repels dust mites, which means that they are not able to live within the wool layers of the cover and therefore, they cannot live in the rugs we make.
Wool always has a soothing effect on you. It keeps you warm and cozy in the winter and regulates the moisture in the summer, which makes for a cooler feel during these hot and humid months.