Sheep are a natural resource in the UK, which has over 60 breeds; more than any other country and all offering different fleece properties.
Wool is naturally biodegradable, composting down in just a few years while releasing valuable nutrients to the soil.
Renewable: Shearing takes place every year not only to obtain the fibre but importantly, for the welfare of the sheep to keep it cooler and cleaner throughout the summer months.
Wool is the best all-season natural insulator on earth due to the crimp in the fibre which forces each strand to butt against each other, as opposed to lying side by side. This keeps the tiny air pockets intact, acting as small insulators. Therefore wool is commonly worn in desert regions where it is necessary to regulate both the cold of the nights and the heat of the days.
Wool is naturally flame resistant. Its main component, a protein called Keratin, coupled with the moisture collected in its fibres, makes it difficult to ignite. Although wool will burn under intense fire, it normally self extinguishes when the flame source is removed.
Wool is a very resilient textile fibre that is both durable and flexible. A wool fibre can be bent more than 20,000 times without breaking.
Wool can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in water before it is saturated (a hygroscopic insulator)– and can also release it, which makes it a breathable fibre.
Wool is resistant to static electricity because the moisture retained within the fabric conducts electricity which is why wool garments are much less likely to spark or cling to the body.