Our latest Plein-Air Wool® delivery just came in. Check out all these bales and bales of creamy fluffiness!
Did you know that Plein-Air Wool® is the term used for wool that comes from sheep which live outside all year round. This livestock husbandry results in a naturally more curly and longer fiber.
The strong natural curl provides lasting resilience, bounce and loft that is superior to mechanically crimped wool fiber which will mat down faster. The artificial crimping process used by some wool producers creates strain on the fibers causing them to break easier under pressure which results in shorter fibers. This has a direct negative effect on the long-term resilience and loft of the product.
Our Plein Air Wool comes from farms in France and is processed into fluffy rolls in Germany. We then quilt those to our organic cotton stretch to produce your mattress cover.There are no harsh chemicals used during the wool growing and processing steps. The sheep are not dipped or treated with any pesticides or herbicides.
After shearing, our wool goes through three washing cycles with increasing temperatures (90° - 140°F) followed by a cold rinse in pure water. During the washing cycles pure baking soda and water is used – nothing else. The drying takes place in drum driers and the wool is then cooled down on cooling racks for 24-28 hours before pressing and packaging.
Pure natural wool has some fantastic properties:
- Excellent temperature regulator providing thermal balance
- Moisture absorbing (up to 30% of weight/ synthetics max 4%)
- Highly resistant to dust mites, mold and other allergens
- Naturally flame retardant
- Certified chemically safe