Wool – why we love it!

As lovers of Wool, Tambo Teddies wants to share a few of this magnificent fibre’s greatest attributes.

1. It’s a Natural Product:
Wool is a protein fibre formed in the skin of sheep, and is thus one hundred percent natural, not man-made. Since the Stone Age, it has been appreciated as one of the most effective forms of all-weather protection known to man, and science is yet to produce a fibre which matches its unique properties.
2. It’s Renewable:
Woolgrowers actively work to safeguard the environment and improve efficiency, endeavouring to make the wool industry sustainable for future generations.
3. It’s Biodegradable:
At the end of its useful life, this fibre can be returned to the soil, where it decomposes, releasing valuable nutrients into the ground. When natural woollen fibres are disposed of in soil, it takes a very short time to break down, whereas most synthetics are extremely slow to degrade.
4. It’s a Natural Insulator:
Wool is a hygroscopic fibre. As the humidity of the surrounding air rises and falls, the fibre absorbs and releases water vapour. Heat is generated and retained during the absorption phase, which makes wool a natural insulator.
5. It’s Resilient and Elastic:
Woollen fibres resist tearing and can be bent back on themselves over 20,000 times without breaking. Due to its crimped structure, wool is also naturally elastic. Wool therefore maintains its appearance in the longer term, adding value to the product and its lifespan. This amazing fibre is also hydrophillic—it is highly absorbent and retains liquids—and so dyes richly while remaining colourfast, without the use of chemicals.
6. It’s Easy Care:
The protective waxy coating on woollen fibres makes woollen products resistant to staining and they also pick up less dust as wool is naturally anti-static.
7. It’s Odour Resistant:
Woollen fibres are more efficient than other textiles at absorbing sweat and releasing it into the air, before bacteria has a chance to develop and produce unpleasant body odour.
8. It’s Safe:
Woollen products are naturally safe. It is not known to cause allergies and does not promote the growth of bacteria. Thanks to its high water and nitrogen content, wool is naturally flame-retardant, and has a far higher ignition threshold than many other fibres, will not melt and stick to the skin causing burns, and produces less noxious fumes that cause death in fire situations. Finally, wool also has a naturally high level of UV protection, which is much higher than most synthetics and cotton.

Tambo Teddies products are made from the finest sheepskins we can source and have all these amazing qualities.

P.S. We also think Sheep are pretty cool too!