Tuesday, 19 October 2010

The Campaign for Wool

The other day some yellow sheep on the Design Studies Blog caught my eye. The yellow sheep were outside the store ‘Selfridges’ and were part of one of the many events happening in England to promote The Campaign for Wool.

The Campaign for Wool was set up by the Prince of Wales in January 2010 to support sheep farming and promote the wonderful properties of wool. It is to encourage people to choose wool as it is a sustainable product that can care for the environment. It also offers many benefits to fashion, the built environment and interiors.

I didn’t realise the type of benefits wool had, especially when using it for interiors. It is now definitely a product I will consider using in future projects. Some of these benefits are as follows:

Flame retardant. As wool has a high nitrogen content and is high in moisture it can naturally resist fire up to 600 degrees and meets fire regulation standards without the use of additional treatments.

Strong, resilient and durable therefore it will have a longer lifespan than other products and will not need to be replaced often.

Insulator. This will lower heating bills. Also wool acclimatises a room so it will never be too hot or too cold.

Non- absorbent to spills. As it doesn’t absorb liquids quickly it allows time to clean up stains before they are permanent. I’m sure mothers around the world are now wishing they had a wool carpet!

Absorbs sound. This will reduce room to room noise and the transmission of echo.

Absorbs humidity and airborne toxins. A cleaner indoor environment will be created. Wool will also reduce floating dust which would be a blessing to allergy sufferers.

Did I mention it’s soft? This makes it a perfect material for a comfortable home.

For more information on The Campaign for Wool you can visit their website; http://www.campaignforwool.org

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