Why Wool? - Wool 101

Posted by Sean Gallant on 5th Jan 2015

Why You Should Be Wearing Wool Instead Of Synthetic Fibers. Just A Little Eye Opener, For Me Anyway!

Simply put, wool is a natural product, it is a renewable resource and environmentally friendly, and it is a much healthier choice. It also works better naturally then synthetic fibers ever will at keeping you warm, cool, dry and comfortable. Mother nature had things figured out for us a long time ago. Yet we continue to try to recreate things in an unnatural way. Why do we think we need to continue to use up all of the planets nonrenewable resources? It is unhealthy for our bodies as well as our planet.These unnatural advancements in my opinion are only hurting us in the long run. If you have clothing made from synthetic fiber in your closet or your drawer, then there is plenty of petroleum lurking in your closet and drawers as well. Even clothing made from cotton, and even some organic cotton are in this category as well.


Natural Odor Control

Bacteria that cause odor need a moist environment to grow and multiply. Luckily wool naturally controls moisture, meaning it's a great choice for wearing during intense activities without worrying about your odor.


Wool Dose Not Need To Be Itchy

People who are not familiar with wool or who have never warn high end wool, assume the wool will be itchy. But that is simply not the case. Higher end wool has had the guard hairs removed during processing. It's the guard hairs that feel prickly too your skin. Furthermore, top quality Merino wool fibers are of a much finer diameter. Motley Woollens and FootCandy Socks utilize the finest quality Merino Wool money can buy, meaning our socks will be the softest most comfortable wool socks you will ever wear. With our SeaCell lines, they have a very unique silky feel, and you will be surprised that they are a wool sack at all.


How Wool Heats

There is an actual science behind how wool has the natural ability to cool and warm. Unlike synthetic fibers which absorb moisture mechanically like a sponge, wool uses a natural chemical process to absorb and release moisture. The wool fiber is made up of protein molecules, the water molecules bond to these protein molecules. The water molecules contain negative charged atoms, which are attracted to the positively charged hydrogen atoms that are in the protein molecule of the wool. This activity is called bonding. Chemists call it polar covalent bonding. When this happens heat energy is released. So that in a nutshell is why wool has a warming effect while you are perspiring from exercise or activities in cold weather.


How Wool Cools

On the other hand, energy is required to break the bonding effect, meaning when moisture is released to the drier air, it absorbs the heat from it's surroundings which ends up being a natural cooling effect.

The All Important Wicking And Breath-ability Issue

Merino Wool will absorb up to 35% of it's weight in water without feeling damp to the touch. Wool transports moisture vapour prior to it becoming sweat. And when we begin to sweat faster than the sweat in it's vapour form can be removed, the wool will begin to transport the liquid mechanically just like synthetics do. Wool and synthetic fibers both wick moisture from the body, but wool can wick moisture away in its vapour form, meaning you will be far more comfortable for longer periods of time.