The Benefits of Wool
Wool - Nature's Choice! Out in nature it is nature's own raw materials that are best suited. Many have tried to imitate the good qualities of the wool - without luck. Wool is an incredible commodity that has been used for generations. Here are seven good reasons to choose wool:
1) Wool keeps you dry
Wool can absorb around 30% moisture by its own weight without the garment feeling wet. When the moisture is absorbed, the wool will generate heat. This heat makes the wool feel comfortable even when wet or sweaty and cold. At the same time, the wool breathes, making you not overheat. If you have a windproof layer over, eg in a synthetic material, it must breathe to let the moisture out. If you sweat enormously, a synthetic material that transports moisture will be a better choice if you get in the shower right away. Alternatively, you can switch to a woolen sweater while waiting to get in the shower.
2) Wool keeps you warm when it is cold and cools down when you are warm
The fibers in the wool react to changes in your body temperature and regulate the temperature level by cold and heat - just as your body does. The wool has a unique insulating ability due to the way the fiber itself coils and provides resilience, which you know is the air that insulates and provides heat. But thinner wool is also suitable for summer use. When hot, the ability of the wool to absorb moisture gives a cooling effect in body temperature corresponding to 4 degrees Celsius. The wool will also not adhere to the body in the same way as synthetic materials and cotton; which in turn will give a greater sense of well-being.
3) Wool reduces sweat odor
Sweat itself has no odor; It is the bacteria that form over time that smells. These bacteria thrive on the surface of the wool just because it does not collapse when it gets wet. In addition, wool quickly absorbs moisture as sweat and then releases it when allowed to dry - and you can do so by venting it. Therefore, you will notice much less sweat odor on wool than on synthetic fibers.
4) Wool provides good resistance to dirt and is self-cleaning
Wool is a natural material that does not get dirty so quickly. Although the wool garment is soaked in sweat, it does not need to be washed, but can just as easily be hung up for aeration and dry. If you get dirt on, be sure to brush off or rinse the area that has become dirty as soon as possible, because if the stain first pulls in, it is difficult to remove. All wool garments can be washed in the machine on wool program. Remember to use your own laundry detergent for wool. Do not listen to the companies or others who claim that you can use ordinary detergents perfectly. They often contain harmful enzymes and have the wrong pH value. Do you want your woolen fabric to last as long as possible?
5) Wool is safer and more fireproof
It is the least flammable of all nature fibers. The structure of the fabric is crucial for how a garment burns, but the fiber itself will have a great importance as well. Dense woven or tightly knitted wool clothing will not provide the fabric with oxygen, and will therefore quickly extinguish itself. The fact that the wool fiber has absorbed moisture from the air and presumably also from your body makes the water content higher. Humidity and fire thrive badly. Many synthetic materials are treated with fire retardant chemicals and these are problematic for the environment.
6) Wool is a green choice
Wool is the most environmentally friendly fiber we have - it can even be composted! Presently there is a discussion of which fibers are "most green". If you rely on information from those who use so-called LCAs (Life Cycle Assessment), which mostly only cover some parameters and only until the fiber has become yarn, then wool tends to fall through. Then there is recycled plastic that wins. But as you probably understand, synthetic materials are treated not only with fire retardant chemicals, but often with both anti-bacterial and, not least, fluorine-based treatments that are very problematic. This does not count towards these accounts. It also does not mean that wool is rarely washed, that we keep our woolen clothes long or that they do not contribute to the microfiber problem - an environmental challenge that has exploded in our face in recent years. Wool is also one of the world's "smallest" fibers, so wool does not contribute to the increase in consumption volume. That is actually our greatest environmental challenge today. The greenest choice is to choose flexible and good clothes!
7) Wool is comfortable to wear
Wool comes in different varieties - some softer than others. Merino wool is considered to be one of nature's softest materials and is completely itchy; It is often used in garments that should be close to the skin. Wool forms after the body and neither wrinkles nor wrinkles in particular. When it comes to Norwegian wool, it has traditionally scratched more than merino wool, but it has a strength and a resilience that strikes merino. Now, work is being done to develop new yarns of Norwegian wool that are softer, although they will never reach the merino's softness. But then also different wool fits different things!