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Why Wool?

Why Wool?

We live and work in a beautiful and environmentally sensitive part of Wales. We are always looking to reduce plastic waste, become plastic free and to improve the sustainability of our business. Currently, our four priority aims relate to Plastic Freedom, Shipping, Packaging and Products. (For more on Sustainability in our Business, click here...)

Campaign for Wool

Why Wool? - Campaign for Wool
Welsh blankets and other wool products, hand woven in Wales, available in our FelinFach online shop, click here...

 

FelinFach has been an official supporter of the worldwide Campaign for Wool for many years and is listed on the Campaign's official supporter's web page. 

The Campaign aims to promote wool generally and focuses on the sustainable attributes of wool as a natural fibre that meets an international environmental agenda. The Campaign's mission aims to raise awareness of the unique benefits offered by wool, a 100% natural fibre.

  

Why Wool? - Ten reasons to Choose Wool

Edit from the Campaign for Wool Website

 

Why Wool? Here's three reasons -Natural, Renewable, Biodegradable - but we list ten reasons below .
  1. Natural
    Wool is a protein fibre formed in the skin of sheep, and is thus one hundred percent natural, not synthetic. Since the Stone Age, it has been appreciated as one of the most effective forms of all-weather protection known to man, and science is yet to produce a fibre which matches its unique properties.
  2. Renewable
    As long as there is grass to graze on, every year sheep will produce a new fleece, making wool a renewable fibre source. Wool growers actively work to safeguard the environment and improve efficiency, endeavouring to make the wool industry sustainable for future generations.
  3. Biodegradable
    At the end of its useful life, wool can be returned to the soil, where it decomposes, releasing valuable nutrients into the ground. When a natural wool fibre is disposed of in soil, it takes a very short time to break down, whereas most synthetics are extremely slow to degrade.
  4. Natural Insulator
    Wool is a hygroscopic fibre. As the humidity of the surrounding air rises and falls, the fibre absorbs and releases water vapour. Heat is generated and retained during the absorption phase, which makes wool a natural insulator. Used in the home, wool insulation helps to reduce energy costs and prevents the loss of energy to the external environment, thus reducing carbon emissions
  5. Breathable
    Wool fibres are crimped, and when tightly packed together, form millions of tiny pockets of air. This unique structure allows it to absorb and release moisture—either in the atmosphere or perspiration from the wearer—without compromising its thermal efficiency. Wool has a large capacity to absorb moisture vapour (up to 30 per cent of its own weight) next to the skin, making it extremely breathable
  6. Resistant and Elastic
    Wool fibres resist tearing and can be bent back on themselves over 20,000 times without breaking. Due to its crimped structure, wool is also naturally elastic, and so wool garments can stretch comfortably with the wearer but are then able to return to their natural shape, making them resistant to wrinkling and sagging. Wool therefore maintains its appearance in the longer term, adding value to the product and its lifespan. Wool is also hydrophilic—it is highly absorbent and retains liquids—and so dyes richly while remaining colourfast, without the use of chemicals.
  7. Multi-Climatic/Trans Seasonal
    Thanks to its hygroscopic abilities, wool constantly reacts to changes in body temperature, maintaining its wearer’s thermophysical comfort in both cold and warm weather.
  8. Easy Care
    The protective waxy coating on wool fibres makes wool products resistant to staining and they also pick up less dust as wool is naturally anti-static. Recent innovations mean wool items are no longer hand-wash only. Many wool products can now be machine-washed and tumble dried.
  9. Odour Resistant
    Wool is far more efficient than other textiles at absorbing sweat and releasing it into the air before bacteria has a chance to develop and produce unpleasant body odour.
  10. Safe Solution
    Wool is naturally safe. It is not known to cause allergies and does not promote the growth of bacteria. It can even reduce floating dust in the atmosphere, as the fibre’s microscopic scales are able to trap and hold dust in the top layers until vacuumed away. Thanks to its high water and nitrogen content, wool is naturally flame-retardant, and has a far higher ignition threshold than many other fibres, will not melt and stick to the skin causing burns, and produces less noxious fumes that cause death in fire situations. Finally, wool also has a naturally high level of UV protection, which is much higher than most synthetics and cotton.

 

About FelinFach

Welsh Blankets - Hand woven in in Wales in limited numbers Wool Throws - Hand woven in Wales Chandlery - Reed diffusers, tealights and wax melts - hand poured in Wales  Craft Courses - Natural Dyeing Gift Cards - By Post or by Email Welsh Tartan Scarves Sheepskin Rugs

Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets and the iconic Welsh Tapestry blankets which are hand woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves are all available in our yarn store and shop. We also offer Welsh tartansSheepskin Rugs, Gift Cards and tools and books for crafters and knitters - Cocoknits, Laine, Amirisu and Making to name a few! Our candles, reed diffusers, wax melts and tealights are hand poured by us. Lastly, craft courses on hand dyeing with 100% natural dyes in the purpose designed FelinFach Dye Studio. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for WoolAll Things Wales and Global Welsh.

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Last update 31st August 2022