Wool Factors to Consider

What factors should you consider when choosing a wool bedding product?

With an increase in consumers wanting 100% natural bedding, there has been a rise in the number of companies that manufacture and sell wool bedding in particular. Wool has many health benefits, including the fact that it is naturally breathable and therefore an excellent temperature regulator. It is also hygienic and anti-allergy as it resists dust mites and the build-up of micro bacteria. Wool is better for the environment too because it is sustainable and environmentally friendly, biodegrading naturally rather than clogging up landfill.

However, it is also important to consider some key factors whilst making your decision about which wool duvet, pillow or mattress topper to buy.

Wool Factors to Consider

Where is the wool from?

Wool is produced in many countries around the world, with global production valued in 2018 at around £7.6 billion. Bedding manufacturers use wool from many of these countries, particularly Australia, New Zealand and the UK. If you want to ensure your wool bedding is made from 100% British wool, then you need to look for the British Wool Crook Mark logo on the manufacturer’s website. British Wool is the organisation that works with British farmers to help collect, grade and sell their wool. By buying British wool, you are supporting British farmers and if a product displays this logo, you can be guaranteed that the product is made from certified 100% British wool.

By buying British wool, you are supporting British farmers

What grade is the wool?

There are over 1,000 breeds of sheep around the world and wool grading standards can vary, according to the type of fleece used and the country of origin. The UK has more sheep breeds than any other country in the world (over 60), with more than 40,000 hill and lowland farmers breeding sheep in the UK. British wool is graded, by the British Wool organisation, according to the product it will be used for, whether that is for knitting wool, clothing, carpets or bedding. Poorer grades are not considered the most suitable for wool bedding as it can felt easily and needs more cleaning during processing, therefore only higher or premium grades are best.

Wool Factors to Consider

Where is the wool milled?

There are mills based in the UK, across mainland Europe and in many other countries around the world, who carry out wool washing and milling processes. Although far fewer in number than in previous centuries, British mills have been highly regarded for hundreds of years for the quality of their wool processing. If you are making the informed decision to buy responsibly sourced and traceable British wool, then you will probably also be reassured if you know that the wool has been milled in the UK. The obvious additional benefit is that it minimises the carbon footprint that would normally be far higher by either sending wool to be processed overseas or buying in ready processed wool from outside the UK.

How can you be confident that you are buying a British wool product?

The only products that can guarantee that they are made from British wool and made in the UK are those that can use the British Wool Crook Mark logo. So, if you want to be sure that your wool product is made from certified 100% British wool, then look out for the British Wool Crook Mark logo on wool products.