How do they produce Organic Wool?

At Dormio, Organic Wool is an important part of our mattress “recipe”. 

 

 We use wool for several reasons:

1)     Insulates to keep you warm in the cold but stay cool in the heat through moisture control.

2)     Provides natural dust mite resistance.

3)     Is self-extinguishing.

4)     In thicker layers, creates a unique cloud like feel for sleepers.

What do we mean by Organic Wool?

 

All of the wool used in Dormio Mattresses has been certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).  Organic Wool differs from mass production wool in many ways, starting in the pasture, right through final production. 

Mass produced sheep are pastured on pesticide laden fields and often fed GMO feed.  Residual amounts of the chemicals used for dipping (external pest control) are found in the final product.  On the other hand, organic sheep must be fed organic feed or enjoy foraging in the organic pasture.  Farmers are obligated to maintain herd number management that does not exceed the natural capacity of the land.  This is important and it prevents overgrazing that negatively impacts the livestock, wild flora and fauna and can eventually lead to desertification. Proper pasture management will also contribute to a farmer’s integrated pest management program.  Since chemical parasiticides are not available, farmers employ tactics that manage, rather than try to eradicate parasites and pests.  Soil organism activities, correct species selection and competition, crop rotation and, enhancing the natural cycles of the area are just some of the techniques employed. 

Mass produced wool is cleaned (scoured) using harsh detergents or acids.  A far better process is the use of hot water, gentle soaps, and, biodegradable detergents and degreasers.  This results in a softer final product, exhibiting residual protective lanolin and more of the natural qualities of wool. 

 

Without a doubt, Organic Wool is the better choice both for health and the environment.