Here are ten things we bet you never knew about wool.

June 12, 2018

1. Wool has been used to make human clothing since the Stone Age, which lasted between 8700 BC and 2000 BC.

 

2. Sheep wool contains natural UV protection, which is why you never see a sheep with sunburn.

 

3. Wool is one of the most naturally flexible materials known to humankind. A wool fibre can withstand being bent 20,000 times without breaking. In comparison, cotton breaks after 3,000 bends and silk after 2,000 bends. 

 

4. Wool has a built-in resistance to bacterial growth, which is why wool socks are recommended for people with pongy feet. 

 

5. The Guinness World Record for the fastest time to shear an adult sheep is 39.31 seconds, set by Hilton Barrett - an Australian, unsurprisingly - at the Wellington Show 2010 in New South Wales on 1st May 2010.

 

6. Australia is the world's biggest wool producer, producing 284,000 tonnes a year.

 

7. Many people believe they are allergic to wool, but the condition doesn't actually exist. Research has shown that when somebody finds a fabric 'scratchy' it is more likely to be the coarseness of the fabric that causes the irritation rather than the make-up of the material itself. Trials by dermatologists have shown that for eczema sufferers, a garment made from lambswool or Merino wool will not only stop the itching, the hypoallergenic and temperature-controlling properties can be more comfortable than cotton.

 

8. Wool is 100% biodegradable.

 

9. Wool is one of the few materials that is 'multi-climactic,' having both insulating and breatheability properties. 

 

10. Wool has just four ingredients: grass, rain water, sunshine and fresh air.


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