Benefits of Wool

Wool is an amazing fibre. Nature truly knows best and wool is the proof (if you needed it). Here are five reasons why wool is amazing and worth getting excited about.

1. It’s natural and renewable

Wool is grown, not manufactured. Sheep grow a fleece every year just from grazing on grass (which also grows with minimal input from humans). No fossil fuels are required to grow wool; it actually contains carbon that’s been captured from the atmosphere by the grass eaten by the sheep. Organic carbon is estimated to be half the weight of wool, so woollen products are actually helping to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. Wear wool and be a carbon hero!

2. It’s biodegradable

Wool is organic, so when it’s buried it decomposes releasing carbon and nitrogen back into the ground, naturally fertilising the soil. It can be used in gardens to suppress weeds and retain moisture while trees and shrubs are getting established. Within a few years the wool will have completely decomposed.

3. It’s breathable

Wool is a breathable fibre that allows the body’s temperature to self-regulate, absorbing and releasing water vapour into the atmosphere. That’s how it can keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. It works for sheep!

4. It’s non-allergenic

Wool doesn’t cause allergies, it actually defends against fungal spores, dust mites and is resistant to mould and mildew. For people with eczema or dermatitis, wearing superfine Merino wool next to the skin produces a microclimate which may be beneficial for treating symptoms. So much for the myth of ‘itchy wool’!

5. It’s fire retardant

Wool fibre has a very high ignition threshold and is flame retardant up to 600 degrees Celsius. Even in a fire wool when ignited produces few toxic fumes, so it’s safer to be surrounded by woollen products in your home and wear woollen garments. Get fired up about wool!

Wool is at last enjoying a real resurgence as people the world over are turning back to natural fibres that are good for the planet, good for the environment and good for life. Here are just some of the organisations and groups spreading the word about wool:

- Wool Serv NZ
- NZ Wool website
- Primary Wool NZ
- Campaign for Wool

If you’re looking to learn more about using woollen yarn for knitting, weaving or to create clothing, upholstery, rugs and carpets why not join a local group? You’ll learn new skills and make new friends in the world of wool.

- Creative Fibre NZ