Everyday uses of wool
Sheep courtesy of Dani Mettler
We really do think wool is a miracle fiber and not just because it prevents blisters. Wool has been used for centuries for all manner of things from absorbing noise in heavy machinery to breastplates for Roman legionnaires. But speaking of everyday life, we’ve found numerous ways to incorporate this renewable, all-natural fiber into your lifestyle.
- Wool bedding
No you won’t be itching all night, but you will have a completely hypoallergenic place to sleep. Not only is wool hypoallergenic, it’s also impervious to dust mites. As some of you may know, wool also helps regulate your body temperature, so if you're a hot sleeper, a wool pillow will keep your head cool! From wool duvets to pillows to mattresses, more and more wool bedding products are becoming available. Plus, wool is a natural fire retardant, so you don’t have to worry about added chemicals in your bed. Check out The Wool Room - a UK company that also ships to the US. We love their pillows!
- Active and casual apparel
We live, play, and even sleep in merino wool apparel. Merino wool is so high quality and delicate to the touch, you can wear it next to the skin itch-free. Not only does it wick the moisture away from the skin, it also helps with odor control. Humans have been wearing wool clothing for over 3,000 years, but this textile is still in-keeping with the times. With brands like Ibex providing everything from super-cute dresses to bomber activewear, there’s no reason to wear anything else!
- Natural mulch
When used around the trunk of trees or large plants, wool can be cool and porous for the roots while simultaneously preventing weeds.
- Home insulation
Don’t like chemicals? (Really, who does?) Wool can be used as home insulation as the natural crimping fibers traps air. According to Topsy Farms in Ontario, wool has been used for generations to insulate yurts in Western Canada.