Wool is a naturally flame-resistant substance, which is used in many products for fire safety. Many factors contribute to wool’s adversity to combustion. It owes its natural flame-retardant ability in part to its unique structure. Wool fibers are covered by microscopic scales that hold them together tightly. This environment allows very little oxygen into wool, and therefore makes it a poor environment for fires. Another reason for wool’s natural flame-resistant properties is that when natural wool burns, it does so slowly, smoldering, and releasing little heat, rather than lending itself to big flames.
Wool has many other benefits besides being a flame retardant. Wool is a renewable resource unlike other synthetic materials being used in conventional mattresses. Wool can be produced without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides, and it is biodegradable making it an environmentally friendly choice for mattresses, toppers, and bedding. The fibers of wool are naturally crimped, which creates millions of pockets of trapped air. These small pockets act as an insulator that will keep your body warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Your mattress will be comfortable to you whether you’re a hot or cold sleeper. Wool is a natural moisture wicking material. It can absorb moisture away from the skin, and into the fibers of the wool keeping the sleeping surface of the mattress dry benefiting people who tend to sleep hot or sweat at night.
Wool is also hypoallergenic making it an excellent choice for people with allergies or asthma. The fibers of wool contain a waxy substance called lanolin. Lanolin makes wool resistant to dust mites, mold, and mildew. A mattress using wool as the fire retardant is less likely to harbor allergens that can cause an allergic reaction. The manufacturers the Natural mattress Company represent raise their sheep in humane and ethically responsible ways. They use all natural and biodegradable cleaning methods to prepare the wool making it good for you the consumer, the local environment, and the sheep themselves.
You can find many of our wool products including mattresses, toppers, pillows, and comforters on our website.