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Wool is an amazing material. Even after it's shorn from the sheep, it continues to live and breathe, forming a relationship with whomever it clothes. Wool regulates body temperature, warming up or cooling down, absorbing and evaporating excess moisture. It protects from the elements and is prized around the world – from Scandinavia to the Sahara desert.
Wool is sustainable and renewable too. It's been criticized for methane emissions caused by burping sheep, but in those cases, the sheep were raised on non-arable land rather than free-range healthy environments. And even then, the emissions were still lower than manufacturing process of synthetic materials, even vegan ones. Unlike fabrics that consume a massive amount of crude oil resources during production, wool is created simply with the help of nature – with sun, rain and pasture. It's biodegradable, composts quickly and actually releases valuable nutrients back into the soil.
In the home, untreated wool fibers can purify the air just like many plants can. This is thanks to their constant active state. Also, a material that breathes doesn't need to be washed often, and when it does, fresh air and sunshine are usually sufficient. It's naturally anti-bacterial, mold/mildew resistant and dirt/dust resistant, saving precious resources such as water, soap and time.
Lastly, wool is incredibly versatile. You'd be amazed to learn about all the things wool can do beyond making super cozy blankets, rugs and clothes. From sound proofing and wall insulation to adhesive tape and auto lubrication & much more.