The uses & advantages of wool
The advantages of wool aren’t confined to one particular product, and its benefits are apparent across many different areas.
Wool is a natural fibre grown on sheep that roam freely in the countryside and on the hills of the UK. Sheep re-grow their fleece every year, making wool one of the most sustainable fibres available. Farming also helps to preserve the UK’s landscapes, as sheep grazing maintains our countryside, creating habitats for wildlife to thrive.
As long as there is grass for sheep to eat, wool can be produced, in contrast to synthetic fibres, which require oil and refineries, a non-renewable resource for man-made fibre production.
An advantageous aspect of British wool, is that it is a truly dynamic fibre, used to create a broad range of beautiful, versatile and durable products, including carpets, bedding, clothing, furniture and craft materials, offering unique benefits to each of these products. Here's more information about the uses of wool:
The floor is usually the hardest working surface in any home so British wool, which is hard wearing and durable, is a great choice. Wool has a natural ability to recover its shape, resisting the indentations left by furniture, and is naturally stain resistant, so wool carpets are quick and easy to clean. Flame resistant and non-combustible, wool is a safe choice.
Beds & bedding
Wool has the ability to regulate your body temperature naturally, allowing you to sleep deeper and longer. This is because wool is able to ‘breathe’, absorbing moisture in the environment when the atmosphere is damp, and then releasing it again when the atmosphere is drier. Wool is also naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria, mould and funghi.
British wool has been used for centuries to create warm, durable clothing. A key benefit, is its comfortable, breathable, and hypoallergenic properties. Furthermore, it takes colour exceptionally well, producing depth and clarity of shade. Adding only a small percentage of British wool to a clothing blend will help it withstand continuous wear and prevent creasing.
British Wool brings comfort, structure and durability to everything from upholstery to soft furnishings. The natural elasticity of wool means the fibre can recover its natural shape instantly, preventing creasing and the ‘seated’ look often seen on well-worn furnishings, an advantage that ensures interiors are left looking newer, for longer.
Wool also has the ability to absorb a range of potentially harmful chemicals or VOCs coming from cleaning fragrances, paint, glue and furniture, which became bound to the structure of the fibres. Naturally repelling dirt and stains, wool is a practical and versatile choice.
A soft, lightweight natural fibre, British wool is ideal for crafts. There are more breeds of sheep in the UK than in any other country in the world, and this variety offers more character to the crafter than any other type of wool.