The properties of wool
For something you just cut off a sheep, wool has an amazing array of properties which would be the envy of any textile company’s R&D department. • Natural and renewable: wool products use less energy than man
made fibres during manufacture. • Sunsafe: wool has naturally high UV protection. • Air cleaner: wool absorbs toxic chemicals from surrounding
materials and limit airborne dust. • Flame retardant: wool has a high ignition threshold of 600º C. It
also produces less toxic fumes in a fire. • Biodegradable: wool takes only a few years to decompose. • Breathable: wool absorbs and releases vapour, maintaining a more
even temperature when used in home furnishings. • Wool is not known to cause allergy and doesn’t promote bacterial
growth. • Durable: wool fibre can be bent 20,000 times without breaking. • The natural oils in wool resist dirt and grease. • As well as in clothes, carpets and soft furnishings wool is finding favour in industrial application to soak up oil spills, and filter contaminants from air and water supplies.