BENEFITS OF WOOL BEDDING
One of the most common myths about selecting an environmentally friendly fabric is that wool is bad for the environment. Check out these 6 myth-busting facts to find out why organic wool bedding is eco-friendly.
1. Wool is renewable Wool is a renewable resource. When nourished properly, sheep regrow sheared wool. The animals are not harmed in the shearing process and can regrow wool to be harvested again in the future.
2. Wool is local Wool can often be obtained locally. When sourcing wool from local farmers, there’s far less transportation needed to take the material from the point of harvest to the place of production. This translates to a smaller carbon footprint because the wool doesn’t need to travel very far to arrive at the manufacturing destination.
3. Wool is natural Wool is chemical-free. Chemical-free material is especially important for babies, the elderly, and people with health conditions such as asthma or multiple chemical sensitivity disorder. Wool fabrics can provide a welcome alternative for people who experience bad reactions to other fibers.
Chemical-free wool beds help keep toxic chemicals away from you while you sleep. Wool beds are naturally flame resistant, omitting the need for added flame retardants, which can pose health risks to you and your family.
Additionally, wool fabrics stand up to cold temperatures, making them an excellent bedding and clothing option in frigid climates.
4. Wool is allergen resistant Wool is a hypo-allergenic material. Because wool is naturally resistant to dust mites, consumers using wool products may notice a reduction in allergy symptoms. Wool provides allergy sufferers with the added benefit of temporarily trapping air pollutants and allergens within its fibers. Vacuuming or washing the material cleans it of the harmful substances. In this way, wool helps keep the air in the home cleaner and healthier.
5. Wool is durable
Items made from wool have a long shelf life, reducing the number of products being tossed in the trash and ending up in landfills. Because of its durability, wool can be recycled and reused for other purposes. A used wool pillow case, for instance, can be turned into a warm scarf. A child’s outgrown wool dress can become dryer balls for household laundry use.
6. Wool is biodegradable
There’s no need to worry about harming the environment when disposing of wool. If or when a wool product is disposed of, it treats the earth kindly. Wool is a compostable material. Due to the nature of its protein fiber, wool disintegrates quickly, and its nutrients are absorbed into the soil. Likewise, if wool is buried in the ground, it breaks down into elements such as oxygen and nitrogen, causing no negative impact to the earth. Sadly, this isn’t the case with conventional mattresses.
While any material causes some form of impact on the environment, you can help minimize harmful effects by purchasing wool locally and obtaining the material from environmentally-conscious farms. As a consumer, you can do your part to explore the various material options available and decide based on your specific needs. We hope knowing that wool is eco-friendly option can assist you in making an informed, Earth friendly decision.
Written by: Shepherd’s Dream
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