Organic wool is a very important ingredient in the natural mattress “recipe”. The unique structure of the wool fiber makes it both breathable and moisture wicking. Thus, the wool layer effectively removes excess moisture and dissipates excess heat, allowing you to sleep in dry and hygienic comfort year-round. These properties explain why wool is a preferred material for hiking socks and other high-performance technical apparel. A mattress’s wool layer also acts as a natural flame barrier, allowing the mattress to comply with fire-resistance regulations.
It’s environmentally friendly … Renewable and Sustainable. Wool is a renewable resource that can be shorn from sheep annually. It is biodegradable and kinder to the environment than oil-based synthetics, which contribute to global pollution. Wool is sustainable. Wool from free-grazing sheep, treated ethically throughout their long lives, represents a traditional small-scale industry that once thrived in America. Today, many small organic farmers are returning to this sustainable industry to create clean and healthy wool that is produced without stress to the animals or the environment.
It’s a fire retardant … Wool has natural fire-retardant properties. It can resist flame without the chemical treatment involved in fireproofing. Most synthetic based fibres ignite easily, burn fiercely and melt.
It’s longlasting … Wool is durable. Laboratory tests have shown that wool fibres resist tearing and can bend back on themselves more than 20000 times without breaking. Cotton breaks after 3200 bends, silk fibres break after 1800 bends, and rayon fibres break after just 75 bends. Wool clothing will last for years. Wool resists spills, dries very quickly and is mildew resistant.
It’s cool, it’s hot … Built-in climate control. Wool is a natural insulator to keep you warm in winter and naturally breathable to keep you cool in summer. Wool fibres help to keep your body at the optimal temperature zone for comfort and rest. When used in blankets, synthetic fibres, down and even cotton fibres do not breathe as well as wool, and are more likely to trap heat in your bed. Wool buffers the extreme cold or hot air on the outside, keeping your body in that comfort zone.
It’s natural … Naturally absorbent! Wool fibre is the original wicking fibre. Wool fabrics can absorb up to 30% of their weight without feeling heavy or damp. Cotton fabrics begin to feel damp after 15%. The fibres “breathe” by absorbing away moisture from the body and releasing it into the air. This quality makes wool fabrics comfortable to wear in warm and cold weather.
It resists … Natural mildew and mould resistance. Wool’s natural resistance to mildews and moulds comes from the way it repels moisture, and lets moisture pass through its fibres without holding the moisture. Mildews and moulds require moisture to live and grow.
Wool from Argentina for our Premium Plus and Premium mattresses.
This wool comes from the region of Tierra Del Fuego in Patagonia.
The sheep are bred carefully and live a stress-free life, the Estencia (farms) are very large, 50km x 50km, this means that they only encounter humans twice a year, once to do the de-worming and once to get shaved.
The climate in Patagonia is very dry, filled with short grubs and rocks. Because of this climate, no agriculture has ever grown on this land, leaving the soil pure and organic. The temperature ranges between 8C and 25C, keeping their furs thick all year round.
The type of sheep is called Corriedale, they provide wool that is denser, more resilient to its shape and that has a rough finish. All these properties are excellent for mattresses, pillows and duvets.
Wool from New Zealand for our Gold and Legacy mattresses.
New Zealand sheep farming is recognised for its world-leading standards of farming integrity. Sheep are grazed on a variety of different pasture types, including hillsides which are unsuitable for other farming systems, and which allow for effective soil management and natural free-range grazing. Efficient land management and flock rotation ensure that the land will continue to enhance high quality wool production for generations to come.
Unlike synthetics, the carbon footprint of wool is barely discernible. Sheep convert nature’s raw materials into a unique fibre. The main source of energy is sunlight to make grass grow. New Zealand is a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol on global warming and has embarked on initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases. Wool will save energy on heating and cooling.