Why Wool

"Merino ewes & lambs" by Cgoodwin - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Merino_ewes_%26_lambs.JPG#/media/File:Merino_ewes_%26_lambs.JPG

"Merino ewes & lambs" by Cgoodwin - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Why Wool?

  • Wool is naturally temperature regulating when worn next to the skin (just like it would be for the sheep who wore it first!).  It keeps your baby cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
  • Wool is completely breathable, keeping your baby's skin dry and comfortable and encouraging moisture to evaporate away from the skin
  • Wool is naturally naturally moisture resistant, and thus resistant to mold, mildew, and bacteria
  • The lanolin in wool is also naturally moisture resistant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and is the nearest in chemical composition to human skin oils so is least likely to irritate skin or cause allergies
  • Wool is anti-static so it does not attract dust, dust-mites and other allergens
  • Wool naturally resists odors
  • Wool is incredibly sustainable - it grows naturally on sheep, is renewable, can be harvested without harm to the animal, and is completely biodegradable releasing important nutrients back into the soil
  • If you think you or your baby are allergic to wool or that wool feel "itchy" we strongly encourage you to give our super-fine, soft, organic wool interlock a try!  Many people with wool allergies find that they suffer no allergic reaction when wearing organic wool.  It is the pesticides that non-organic wool is usually dipped in or the chemicals it is bonded with to make it washable that most people have a reaction to.  If you are one of the rare people with a lanolin allergy, try one of our organic hand-knit wool soakers without lanolin!  Our 100% organic wool soakers are very functional even without the added waterproofing of a lanolin treatment!

What makes our wool organic?

Our wool interlock is GOTS certified organic.  When the opportunity to purchase GOTS Certified Organic Wool presented itself, we decided to go this route despite having the option for a cheaper OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified wool yarn.  Even though we'd been happy with the OEKO-TEX certification in the past and it does very stringently test for chemicals, pesticides, and other contaminants in the fabric (to an extent which some people label as "beyond organic") we found that we wanted more than just the purest post-production fabric.  The way in which the sheep that the wool comes from are raised and farmed was just as important to us as the final product testing free from harmful substances.  In other words, removing harmful substances isn't enough; they should never have been there in the first place!

One of the important requirements for wool to be certified organic is that the sheep must be raised on organic feed, on pasture that has never been sprayed with pesticides, they must not be dipped in pesticides prior to shearing (this is common practice), and they must be grazed in a way that gives back to the land rather than exceeding what the land can support.  These requirements support sustainable agriculture and permaculture solutions.

Here are some of the ways in which organic wool is different than in-organic wool:
  • Livestock feed and forage used from the last third of gestation must be certified organic.
  • Use of synthetic hormones and genetic engineering is prohibited.
  • Use of synthetic pesticides (internal, external, and on pastures) is prohibited.
  • Producers must encourage livestock health through good cultural and management practices
  • Sheep cannot be dipped in parasiticides (insecticides) to control external parasites such as ticks and lice. Instead, organic farmers use clean pasture management and a healthy diet to control parasites without the use of chemicals. Organic grazing techniques minimizes the stress on animals and keeps their immune system functioning at a higher level.
  • Organic livestock producers are required to ensure that they do not exceed the natural carrying capacity of the land on which their animals graze. This prevents the devastating effects of overgrazing and ensures a viable and sustainable business practice.