As a firm founded on the belief that there must be a more natural and healthier alternative to synthetic materials and harmful chemicals in bedding, wool has always been our first choice:
- Natural wool is used. Having been washed with organic soap, this is as near to nature as we can go. There is no supplement, and none is required.
- Wool is a sustainable fiber. We believe wholeheartedly in the ideals of a circular economy. Unlike the 50,000 synthetic mattresses that end up in landfills every day, wool is naturally biodegradable.
- In a nutshell, wool is good for you. There are no hidden chemicals or poisons here. Facilitates restful night’s sleep for everybody, even those who suffer from asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions.
Helps You Keep Your Cool
We hear this question a lot, and the good news is that our wool mattresses and wool mattress toppers are hypoallergenic! If you tend to sleep warm or live in a warmer region, wool is the ideal bedding material for you.
Wool, being a natural fiber, enables air to pass through it. Sweat is drawn away from the surface of wool fibers and absorbed into the material. This means that no matter how hot it gets, you will sleep comfortably and dry.
In contrast, synthetic fibers and materials have no such qualities. A good night’s sleep on even the best wool mattress may be disrupted by excessive heat and moisture. Even more heat will be generated and moisture will be lost overnight if your best wool mattress is covered with synthetic fabric. Who needs that when staying hydrated is all the rage these days?!
The natural insulating properties of wool make it a good choice for a mattress, a mattress topper, and bedding.
Here are three of our favorite benefits of using organic wool bedding.
Organic wool bedding is naturally hypoallergenic
There is an urban myth that wool triggers allergic reactions. But in reality, organic wool is hypoallergenic. Damaged fibers from the processing of non-organic commercial wool feel brittle and may irritate the skin, especially in those with sensitive skin or disorders like eczema. However, this is not the case with organic wool (i.e. wool that has been certified as such by the Global Organic Textile Standard). You can sense the difference in softness between conventional wool and organic wool. Scouring the wool removes much of the waxy lanolin that coats the fibers in nature but might irritate some people’s skin. Additionally, the wool fibers in our organic wool duvets and pillows are protected from direct skin contact by being enclosed in sumptuously soft organic cotton.
Dust mites, germs, and fungal spores are the primary allergens in your bedding. In most cases, it is not the bacteria themselves that trigger an allergic reaction, but rather, proteins found in their waste products. The good news is that organic wool is immune to attack from these nasty creatures. Natural wool, in contrast to synthetic fibers or feather and down, does not provide the microorganisms with a wet habitat in which to proliferate and flourish. Wool, because of the unique qualities of its fibers, can absorb and swiftly release moisture equal to up to a third of its weight. The result is a dry, clean atmosphere, which is great for you but terrible for the allergy-inducing parasites that thrive in damp places.
Organic wool bedding helps regulate your body temperature and improves your sleep
When we are inactive at night, our bodies lose water at a rate of around 40 grams every hour. This does not involve urination or defecation and is caused by natural processes such as perspiration and breathing out water vapor. A nightly average of a third of a kilogram! Wool bedding is quite helpful because of its unique wicking capabilities, which enable moisture to be quickly absorbed from the skin and evaporated. This is a crucial step in maintaining a healthy nighttime temperature for your body. Because of this, we perspire much more if we sleep on less breathable synthetic bedding or bedding made of feathers and down.
When this occurs, it causes us to feel hot and sticky, even in the dead of winter. We try to rid ourselves of the blankets, but the quick evaporation that results makes us chilly. We re-cover ourselves and quickly get too warm… The body goes through numerous such cycles overnight in an effort to keep its core temperature consistent. Everyone is acquainted with this and its disruptive effects on sleep. Wool not only helps your body by wicking away moisture and keeping you dry, but it also provides exceptional thermal insulation. Cashmere womens jumpers UK are another great option. Wool’s naturally crimped fibers create a vast network of tiny air pockets that trap air effectively, making it a great insulator. Thus, wool ensures a dry and comfortable sleep throughout the year.
Organic wool bedding is best for baby and is fire retardant
The toxins (formaldehyde, pesticide residues, harmful heavy metal ions, and dioxins) that are common in “conventional” bedding are absent from GOTS-certified organic wool bedding, which helps regulate body temperature and promotes better sleep. We should all pay attention to this, but infants, whose bodies are still maturing, are more vulnerable to the effects of toxins.
Wool also has the added safety benefit of being inherently resistant to fire. In fact, it won’t catch fire until temperatures reach above 560 degrees Celsius. Upon removal of a flame, wool extinguishes itself, making it the only naturally flame-resistant fiber. In addition, unlike its non-organic and synthetic counterparts, organic wool does not off-gas potentially lethal amounts of harmful chemicals.