Why we use all natural Merino wool felt
Wool felt is water-resistant, biodegradable, renewable, and sustainable. It's a surprisingly dense and padded material!
We use German-milled 100% Wool Design Felt in 3mm and 5mm thickness. Wool is a natural fiber harvested from sheep. Sheep's wool is highly regarded for its durability. Plus, this natural fiber is a rapidly renewable resource (it grows back!) and is 100% biodegradable.
Our felts are made from Merino wool that is typically sourced primarily from Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Merino sheep are prized for their fine hair and considered to be the highest quality sheep's wool. Most sheep are sheared once a year (in spring or early summer) as it takes a full year to grow back.
Wool felt is one of the oldest human-made textiles. To produce felt, raw wool undergoes a wet felting process that involves matting, condensing and pressing the fibers.
Wool is particularly well suited to felt and is superior to synthetic fibers. Characteristics include an inherent durability and resilience as the crimp or bend in the fibers gives it a natural elasticity. Such flexibility makes it durable and the outer skin of the fiber acts as a protective film, providing abrasion resistance. Lanolin, the thin waxy coating on wool fibers, makes wool naturally water and soil resistant.
Renewable Resource, Sustainable, Green
Yes! All of the above. Wool felt is a natural product. The processing of wool requires very little environmental impact compared to other natural fibers or human-made fibers. Felt has a life cycle that is substantially longer than other material. And since wool felt is made of sheep’s wool, this means that after the felt product has been used or become worn out, it can be safely disposed of as it is 100% biodegradable.
How about LEED? Wool Design Felt qualifies for LEED® certification as MR Credit 6.0 Rapidly Renewable Resource as the sheep's wool is harvested in a sustainable manner!
Our felts have tested and certified to meet the human-ecological requirements of the standard presently established for products with direct contact to skin according to Product Class II of Oeko-Tex® Standard 100.