Wool is a sustainable and natural fiber that comes from sheep. It is commonly used for insulation, especially on outdoor jackets and sweaters, but it is a popular material in bedding, too, particularly in organic mattresses and comforters. Organic wool comforters are the ultimate in luxurious bedding, especially if you are looking for a comfortable material that will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Here are reasons why you should choose an organic wool comforter:
- The material is hypoallergenic – Forget about what they say about wool causing allergies. The sneezing and itching is caused by the absence of lanolin, which is washed away via chemical processing and bleaching of wool. Chances are, you are allergic to the chemicals, bleach, mites, dust, and mold that form in standard and synthetic wool. The way organic wool is washed and cleaned retains lanolin, which is a natural dust mite repellent and anti-bacterial feature of wool.
- Organic wool is breathable – If your room has the tendency to feel damp and become humid, you do not have to worry about organic wool comforters becoming a breeding ground for mold and fungus. Organic wool breathes and allows air to circulate well, so it deters mold, mildew, and fungal growth. The breathable material wicks moisture away, too, so it does not retain moisture.
- Organic wool is untreated – The material is naturally flame retardant, so there is no need to treat it with chemicals that can prevent fire from spreading in case the comforter catches fire. Toxic flame retardants have been linked to cancer, fertility issues, developmental and neurological disorders, and thyroid problems.
- The material is good to the environment, sheep, and farmers – High-quality organic wool comforters are certified organic from the farm to the finished product. The material is grown and manufactured into comforters following the standards of the USDA’s National Organic Program. Organic farming means letting sheep graze freely and live in spacious pens, without feeding them any genetically modified organisms, and not treating their fleece with harmful pesticides.