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Why Organic Wool?

WHY ORGANIC WOOL?

(Courtesy of Little Beetle Diapers)

"Organic wool yarn," as Treliske a pioneer in the field says, "has not been chemically treated at all throughout the entire production process, from the farm to the [finished] product."

~ Organic wool is free of pesticides, formaldehyde, polyester, foams, dioxins and other additives used in conventional manufacturing practices. These 'other' things are, of course, bad for you.

~ Organic wool is good and it is definitely better for babies.

~ The sheep are grazed on pesticide free land and are never sprayed or dipped as is commonly practiced in conventional wool production systems.

~ They are bred to be resistant to parasites and graze on organically certified pastures to promote a healthy immune system. 

~ The sheep are also happy to keep the wool and skin near their rear end which is commomly removed in a practice known as mulesling to prevent fly-strike.

~ After shearing the sheep's wool is 'greasy'. So it is washed with a bio-friendly cleanser, carded and finally spun at a mill with organic certification.

~ Wool is a natural fiber and a renewable resource that is non-allergenic.

~ Organic wool can be used extensively by those who normally suffer from chemical sensitivity when in contact with conventional grow nwool. 

~ The number of chemicals used in the textile industry is upward of 8,000.

~ Those who ‘react’ to wool are actually displaying a reaction to the harsh scouring agents, dyes and chemicals used in conventional wool production and not the wool itself.

Why organic wool rather than synthetic fleece?
~ Wool is mother nature's wonder fiber.

~ Wool is the perfect insulator. It is incredibly warm in winter and cool in the summer as it has the ability to breathe with the skin.

~ Wool is the most hydrophilic of all fibers and has the ability to wick away excess moisture.
It can actually absorb up to 30% of its weight in water without feeling clammy or wet to touch.
It then releases this moisture into the atmosphere to keep the wearer feeling warm and dry.
This ensures the layer between [the wool] and your baby’s skin remains dry and rash free.
This is unlike synthetic fleece, which is warm but does not breathe easily.

~ Wool is safer to wear having natural fire-retardant properties. It can resist flame without the chemical treatment involved in fireproofing.
Synthetic fleece is oil based, ignites easily, burns fiercely and melts.
If your synthetic fleece is fire proofed, then you have the fire proofing chemicals next to your skin.

~ Wool is a renewable resource that re-grows on the sheep after shearing.
It is biodegradable and kinder to the environment than oil-based synthetics, which contribute to global pollution.

~  Wool is long lasting and durable.

~ Wool is remarkably elastic. Wool fibers can be stretched and still bounce back to their original shape.
This makes it incredibly comfortable to wear, allowing for growth and movement.

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