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5 Reasons to Buy Wool

We might be a little bit biased, but the team at The Tartan Blanket Co. believes wool is the best fabric in the world. You could even say we're a bit passionate about wool.

Wool sometimes gets a bad reputation for being itchy and rough. That couldn't be further from the truth. Quality wool products, like our blankets and scarves, are incredibly soft to the touch and perfect for cosying up.

Here are our top five reasons why we think wool is simply the best.

1. Wool keeps you warmer

Even though wool is lightweight, it is far warmer than other fabrics, especially synthetic materials. In fact, no other fabric can meet wool's weight to warmth ratio. 

Wool's warmth-keeping abilities come from tiny air pockets between the material's fibres. When you wrap yourself in wool, its fibres prevent the air around your body from moving around, keeping you nice and toasty.

2. Wool is breathable & regulates your temperature

You probably already knew that wool is great for keeping you warm - but did you know it can also cool you down when it's hot?

Yep - sheep have a natural ability to control their body temperature. Who needs air conditioning?

Once again, it all comes back to those breathable fibres. When you perspire on a hot summer day, wool draws the moisture away from your skin before sending it back out into the air.

So, covering your shoulders in a lambswool scarf during the summer can actually help you cool naturally. Sleeping with a wool blanket is also shown to help you sleep better!

Bonus: Wool is also UV and odour resistant.

 

3. Wool is naturally hypoallergenic

Wool is meant to keep sheep dry, and its anti-absorption qualities leave no room for bacteria or dust mites to grow. Because of this, wool is naturally hypoallergenic. 

Some people avoid wool because of a previous irritation. However, it's more likely that they are allergic to lanolin: a naturally-occurring, oil-like substance in wool. Quality mills tend to remove lanolin from their wool for use in other products.

4. Wool is good for the planet

We like to believe the best things in life come from nature. Wool is 100% natural, renewable and sustainable. As long as there are healthy sheep to farm, there will be wool to wear!

Wool is also biodegradable, meaning it will eventually break down rather than ending up in a landfill. 

Thanks to wool's durability, it also has to be washed less frequently (and who doesn't love that?). When you do have to wash your wool, it can be done at a lower temperature, resulting in a lower impact on the environment. 

5. Wool is a long term investment

Wool has no place in the 'throwaway' fashion trend. TBCo. is all about products you'll love for years and years to come.

Wool products tend to have long lifespans as wool fibres can bend up to 20,000 times before breaking. As a comparison, cotton can only bend 3,000 times. 

Wool also dries very quickly (thanks to those great anti-absorption properties we mentioned) and is both stain and wrinkle resistant.

Care for your wool blankets and scarves properly and they'll keep you stylish and cosy for many years.

 

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