2. The springy shape of the wool fiber helps to move moisture away (instead of absorbing it), creating natural mold and mildew resistance.3. According to the American Sheep Industry, “…one wool fiber can be bent back more than 20,000 times without breaking and is said to be comparatively stronger than steel.” Wow, maybe Superman should rethink his suit! 4. Wool fibers are able to absorb a wide range of frequencies, and dense layers can be packed into small spaces to effectively absorb sound, making it perfect for soundproofing. 5. Thanks to testing done by University of Bochum in Germany, it is confirmed that Merino wool has a UV protective factor (UVP) of 30+. Upwards of 70% of samples had a UVP of 50+ (http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/mens-health/health/galleries/photo/-/14496251/the-wonders-of-wool-in-all-seasons/14496263/). 6. Most wool allergies are actually reactions to lanolin, toxic chemicals used in processing/carding, or dermal (contact with skin) sensitivities. 7. Wool is a natural fire retardant. The keratin proteins and high sulfur content of the outer cuticle layers in wool fibers cause more of char, or foaming, rather than bursting into flames. Think about the last time a stray hair or corner of your nail burned. It smells awful, sizzles, melts and singes, but will not burst into flames – thank you keratin! Still not convinced? Watch this burn test to see our organic wool in action! 8. Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water (moisture) without feeling wet. Once again, the shape of this fiber is to credit for such amazing practicality. The coil shape allows moisture to stay on each individual fiber while moving away from the source, which translates into absorption without the damp, clammy feel other natural fibers have. That being said, anyone who has ever washed a wool sweater knows it also gets 30% heavier when wet. Did I forget your favorite reason why wool is wonderful? Comment below with your favorite fun facts.
Here are eight fun facts about one of Lifekind’s favorite organic, ozone-sanitized fibers. 1. Wool is the fiber of choice in desert environments to sustain natural climate control through the centuries. The shape of the wool fibers creates air pockets to hold body heat for warmth in cool weather, and when it’s warm, the moisture-wicking properties trigger the body’s cooling system, like sweating to cool off on a hot day.