OUR ECO CREDENTIALS
Wool, Our Bedding and the Environment
Wool ticks many, if not all, the climate change-eco issues that we are now faced with.
Wool is sustainable. The sheep regrow their fleeces annually and Mankind has been making good use of the fleece for thousands of years. And shearing is not cruel, but an essential part of maintaining ovine health. In addition, wool fibre production consumes less energy than man-made fibres.
Wool is 100% biodegradable so unlike synthetic duvets they won’t clog up landfill sites for hundreds of years after you have finished with them
Wool does not shed micro-fibres or plastics. Unlike synthetic bedding, the wool duvets will not release harmful micro particles in the water system every time the duvet is cleaned.
Wool “breathes” so unlike synthetic and feather/down bedding, our duvets require less in the way of maintenance cleaning. We say dry clean only when necessary (like when there is an accident or spill on the bedding), otherwise just air your bedding weekly during linen change and your wool bedding will stay fresh and clean. Less cleaning means less pressure on the environment.
Sheep are not the major culprits when it comes to methane production and greenhouse gases. It is estimated that only 14% of greenhouses gases come from agriculture in the form of methane and carbon dioxide. It is sourced from a number of agricultural activities ranging from the gas generated by ruminants (mainly cattle and sheep) but also from the slurry generated from intensive farming of cattle and pigs.
Cows produce on average 70-120 kgs of methane per annum and there are 1.5 billion cows on the planet. Sheep produce 30kgs of methane annually and there are 1 billion of them. So based on less methane produced by less animals, cows produce 4-6 times more methane than sheep.