Today we have Victoria from Wilderling chatting with us about the benefits of merino wool. You may have heard everyone talking about merino wool, now’s the time to find out why it’s SO good.
As the skin on a human is one of the largest absorbers of substances into the body, it is important that everything that comes into physical contact with it, is non-toxic. Skin comes into contact with many agents both intentionally and unintentionally, so it is especially important for parents of young children to monitor and control this through access to the right information regarding what their child is clothed in, inhales and ingests.
What is Merino Wool?
Merino is the name given to a particular breed of sheep. The differences between merino sheep and other varieties is the signature long, crimped, fine wool that is produced resembling cashmere. Merino sheep are farmed throughout New Zealand and Australia, in high country stations. They are an incredibly tough breed of sheep, able to withstand adverse weather conditions typical of this mountainous high country.
Merino sheep live in extreme temperatures of up to 35oc in summer and down to -20oC in winter. If their woolen fleece could not allow breathability and protection during these extremes, then they would die. Being able to utilise these superior characteristics and create merino wool fabrics that are built for the extremes – breathable in summer and insulating in winter is a testament to mother nature.
Why choose Merino Wool?
Your child is delicate and so is their skin. Here are the top 6 benefits of merino wool…
1. Fire Safe
The least flammable of all the fibres. It is the safest fibre to have close to a body as it is self-extinguishing and will not melt or stick to your skin.
Merino is highly absorbent. It can also pull/wick moisture away from the skin to the surface of the fabric. This moisture then evaporates, keeping the skin dry and deodorised. This means a child can never over-heat when merino wool is placed against their skin, and the fabric will not hold any body odour smells.
3. Easy care
Merino fabrics are machine washable and dry quickly on the line. They do not need to be ironed as they bounce back into shape when dried.
Merino wool is resistant to static electricity build up. This means it will not cling to the body or give off any electrical shocks.
Merino fabrics are exceptionally soft and light-weight. They feel like silk to touch and therefore perfect for sensitive baby skin.
6. Envioronmentally friendly
Merino wool is 100% biodegradable and a renewable resource. Sheep are shorn to remove their thick winter fleeces, and just like human hair, wool regenerates and grows back over time. Merino sheep live in the mountainous high country, surrounded by land and vegetation. It is a very low-intensity farming style.
At WILDERLING we believe that natural fibres, such as merino, are the super stars of the fabric world. Their extraordinary characteristics make them the perfect option for creating quality baby necessities for little ones, ensuring that they are safe, comfortable and able to last for generations to come.
WILDERLING is a premium baby brand, ethically made by hand in Queenstown, New Zealand. All products are made and printed using only the finest natural fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo and superfine New Zealand merino wool. For more information on what fabrics and screen-printing inks we use click here
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