If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly bedding option, consider wool.
More and more of us are becoming conscious of our impact on the environment. After all, we want to pass on a healthy and clean planet Earth not only to our children, but our children’s children and countless generations after that.
A Renewable Resource
Why is wool a good option for your bedding needs? Made up of elements such as nitrogen, carbon, and oxygen, wool completely decomposes if it’s buried under the ground, causing no harm to the surrounding ecosystem.
Wool is also good for your garden. A protein fiber, wool gives back vital nutrients to the soil as it disintegrates when used as compost.
Like trees, wool is a renewable natural resource. We all know that wool comes from sheep. Sheep that are well-fed and cared for regrow their fleece after each shearing, making the supply of wool virtually inexhaustible. In addition, sheep are considered to have a low impact on the environment because they eat just about anything and can live virtually anywhere.
Furthermore, wool is one of easiest resources to upcycle. Have you gotten tired of an old wool sweater, scarf or blanket? You can create something new out of it by simply unraveling it and creating something new.
The Perfect Insulator
Wool is also a natural insulator that will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, making it the perfect bedding all year long. It keeps the warm air on the outside while drawing in cool air, keeping your body and bed at an optimal temperature for comfort.
Wool fiber has a coil-like shape, which helps draw excess heat and moisture away from you while you sleep. As a matter of fact, wool can absorb up to 30 percent of its weight before it starts to feel either heavy or damp. Wool is also naturally resistant to unhealthy mold and mildew since it naturally repels moisture and has natural fire-retardant properties.
Various laboratory tests have demonstrated that wool can bend back on itself more than 20,000 times, making it extremely durable. It also resists wrinkles, meaning your bed will look picture perfect (as long as you make it!).
Allergy Resistant and Environment Friendly
Available in a variety of colors, wool is perfect for any bedroom decor and is naturally non-allergenic — although in rare cases some people are allergic to lanolin (the oil that is found in wool).
To ensure that nothing harmful to the environment was used in the wool you select for your bedding products, select organically grown wool and organically processed wool goods. Organic wool comes from sheep that are cared for without any synthetic or harmful chemicals and by using responsible animal husbandry methods.
In short, wool is an all-natural renewable resource. When it’s responsibly produced and manufactured, it’s one of the most environmentally friendly products available. It’s a planet-friendly fiber which doesn’t have to be washed as frequently as other fibers and can be laundered at a lower water temperature. A sustainable fiber, wool is durable and poses little health risk when used as bedding due to its hypoallergenic qualities.