Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Why Wool?

In addition to its warmth and durability, there are many unique and important characteristics that set Wool apart from other fibers.
Author: Paulette Butler


Wool is inherently flame retardant, and it won't melt.  Unlike other fibers that are used for bedding, wool can be made so it will never burn.

Wool helps to regulate body temperature.  Its thermostatic properties protect the body from both cold and heat.

Wool is hygroscopic.  Wool is able to absorb humidity deep within the fiber, a feature that helps to regulate and absorb moisture on the skin's surface.

Wool is a natural insulator.  Its natural crimp and elasticity gives woolen bedding the ability to "store" air and create a perfect insulation layer which helps the body maintain its ideal temprature by allowing it to give off excess warmth.

Wool contributes to good health.  It is the only fiber that is able to neutralize many kinds of acids and chemical bases, a feature which prevents "nightly reintoxication," a common source of germs and sleeplessness.

Wool contributes to a more restful sleep.  Recent studies indicate that the incidence of irregualr heart rate and disturbed sleep patterns increases when both the humidity and the temperature are consistently higher.  Wool's natural ability to absorb and transmit water vapor is of inuque importance in maintaining Thermophysiological Comfort, a state in which the individual is free from thermal strain.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Wool Blankets are Flame Retardant

Wool blankets are naturally flame retardant.
Author: Paulette Butler

Because of the natural moisture and oils in wool fiber, a wool blanket will not support a flame or continue to burn.  The natural moisture causes the flame to "self extiquish" and turn into ash.

For this reason, wool blankets would be an asset in every home. I had a firefighter tell me that he wished every child had a wool blanket in their bed.  In the event of a fire, the child could be wrapped up in the blanket and removed from the house with greater safety.

Wool bed blankets are used in homeless shelters, refugee camps, dormitories and institutions for their safety properties.
Flame retardant wool blankets are used in school buses, chemistry labs and fire extiquisher cabinets to put out fires.

Northwest Woolen Mills

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wool blankets for your home and car.

During the reported power outages during the recent snowstorm, Nemo, all I could think about was how people were staying warm.
Author: Paulette Butler

Wool is the warmest insulating fiber, but not too many households have wool clothing or blankets anymore...
Please consider buying a few wool blankets to keep on hand for both your house and your car.
Wool blankets make a practical gift, especially when other emergency type items are included.

Wool blankets make a great gift and are very helpful during power outages!

A great "gift set" can include the following:

Wool blanket
Latex gloves
DOT triangle kit
Use your imagination, it may come in handy some day!

Stay warm,
Northwest Woolen Mills