The British wool industry was once a main contributor to the country’s economy, but ousted from the top spot by synthetic fabrics. Despite all its credentials, wool is struggling to assert itself in the modern market even if it already has most of what consumers look for in a fabric product. Wool is among the most underappreciated materials that people use every day. Many rave about synthetic fabrics and how they’re the future, but wool remains a favourite for many good reasons.
Mould and mildew thrive in damp environments, like worktops and the bath. Wool doesn’t allow any kind of moisture to linger very long. The fibres allow air to pass through the wool without retaining moisture, because no one wants a damp mattress topper. The only way mildew can grow on wool is if it’s immersed in water, hampering the air circulation.
Since wool is a natural wicking fibre, it keeps a pocket of air close to your body. The coiled shape of wool fibres keeps excess heat and moisture from your body, helps maintain a regulated temperature.
Wool is Good for Your Heart
According to a study conducted on people who used wool mattress toppers versus synthetic fabrics, researchers found that people who used wool had lower heart rates while they slept. A steady heart rate helps you sleep better. The fabric does this by conserving your body’s energy, allowing you to use more during the day – when you do need it most.
Wool doesn’t Irritate
Most of the time, people have adverse reactions to the chemicals used to treat wool – chemicals that make them cleaner and more marketable. There are a few cases when people have allergies to lanolin, natural oil found in wool, but recent reports show that there are fewer cases than previously thought.
Wool is a powerful fabric. There’s a reason it’s been in use for hundreds of years. Rediscover the pleasures of a natural fabric, and rediscover the benefits that come with it.