How (and Why) to Choose the Right Organic Wool Duvet
Humanity has had a beneficial relationship with wool for thousands of years, and this unique fibre remains a popular choice for clothes, blankets and other bedding items.
But wool duvets are capable of much more than just keeping your bed warm in winter. Wool is hypoallergenic, is a bane to dust mites, exhibits excellent moisture control and is flame resistant.
Four Benefits of Organic Wool Duvets
Wool bedding items have benefits that polyester, feather or down feather ones do not.
1. They Regulate Body Moisture and Temperature
The core of each wool fibre can soak up to one-third of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. By comparison, cotton absorbs only 8% of its weight in moisture, and synthetics absorb as low as 2% of theirs. Wool is the most ‘hydrophilic’ (able to absorb moisture) of all-natural fibres. It’s unique in that it can wick away the moisture vapour released by our bodies each night. This ability keeps it dry and warm for better sleep quality while eliminating dampness in the bedding.
2. They’re Hypoallergenic and Healthier
Wool doesn’t cause allergic reactions, unless it is chemically treated. Organic wool is more naturally resistant to mould and mildew. And due to its moisture-wicking ability, it doesn’t stay damp long. Since other fibres such as cotton and down take more time to release moisture, they’re more vulnerable to accumulating allergens.
Dust mites, which are a leading cause of allergies, prefer a damp location. But the scales which cover each wool fibre help create an inhospitable environment for them to thrive.
3. They’re Naturally Flame-Resistant
Natural wool fibres have a protective lanolin coating that makes them more flame resistant. That’s why wool bedding items can pass the flame-retardant test even when no additional toxic chemicals, commonly found in conventional bedding items, have been used.
4. They’re Chemical Free and Odourless
Unlike non-organic types, organic wool has no added chemicals which cause allergies. This makes pure and natural wool bedding products the perfect choice for those with allergies or chemical sensitivities. Organic wool duvets are processed and cleaned very carefully. This ensures they’re suitable for everyone, including those with wool allergies.
3 Tips to Choosing the Best Organic Wool Duvets
Wool is an excellent material for duvets, but not all wool duvets are made equal.
For instance, high-bulk wool fill traps a lot of air inside it, making it a good insulator. This also makes the bedding more lightweight and resilient. On the other hand, a flat, heavy wool duvet indicates inferior quality wool that won’t insulate well.
If you want to get all the benefits of an organic wool duvet, you need to choose the right one. Keep these factors in mind when buying:
1. Choose Organic Wool
Not all duvets contain 100% organic wool filling, and some are filled with a mix of natural wool and synthetics. Sometimes, synthetic interliners are designed to keep loose wool filling in place. It’s also an easy and cheap way to make your wool-filled duvets machine washable. This blended duvet may cost you less but in the long run damages the effectiveness of the wool filling. The synthetics create a non-breathable barrier between the wool filling and outer cover, which hampers its moisture soaking and wicking abilities.
2. Choose Twice-Washed Wool
Thanks to its wool treatment and quilting design, these bedding products are entirely machine washable. The problem with washing wool is that the moisture, heat and agitation cause the yarn to feel as the tiny “microscopic scales” start to wither.
For bedding, however, this is not the right choice. Wool is quite dirty when harvested. Although most manufacturers wash their organic wool once, it doesn’t always remove the dirt. A wool duvet that has been washed twice is considered truly clean with no odour.
3. Look For a High-Quality Cover
The cover of your duvet should be soft, breathable and allow the wool fill to contour the sleeper’s position. If the cover is stiff, rustles or is hard to breathe through, it means the cover is probably down-proof cotton, which eliminates wool’s moisture-controlling benefits.
When buying a new wool duvet, always look for a high-quality outer cover that matches the standard of wool filling. There are three ways to ensure this:
- Natural fibres to maximize the performance of the wool filling
- High-thread count of a superior quality cotton outer cover to ensure less fibre migration
- Robust stitching for extended longevity.
If you’re looking for a material that’s durable, chemical-free, dust-mite proof and hypoallergenic, organic wool is the right choice. However, to take advantage of its benefits, you need to ensure that it’s filled with 100% organic wool and not blended with synthetics. The right natural wool duvet purchased from a reputable bedding provider ensures maximum comfort and safety, so you get a comfortable sleep.