The prop­er­ties of wool

Element - - Primary Industry -

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.

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