Why Organic and Chemical-Free Wool as a Floor Covering?
Organic and 100% Chemical-Free Wool
All of our wool carpeting and rugs are made from wool that is completely chemical-free, avoiding pesticides and dyes that can pollute indoor air quality.
Chemical-free wool is harvested in environments free from toxic pesticides that are damaging to humans, fish and amphibians, and which can potentially cause groundwater contamination. Pesticides used in sheep dips have also consistently been linked to nervous system damage in exposed workers. Additionally, growth-promoting antibiotics used on sheep may leach into groundwater, including drinking water, which could compromise the effectiveness of such medicines for humans.
Heat and Moisture Regulation
Due to its superior insulation characteristics, wool carpet provides a warmer, safer, more comfortable surface on which to stand/sit than hard flooring.
Wool fiber has a hydrophobic (water repelling) exterior and hydrophilic (water loving) interior that confer its unique moisture management propertiesproperties that are not shared by synthetic fibers such as nylon.
In contrast to most synthetic fibers, wool has the capacity to remove large amounts (up to 35% of its own weight) of moisture from inside a room, before the fiber even begins to feel wet, thus assisting in the regulation of moisture in the indoor environment, as shown below.
Wool's chemical structure means that it has the ability to actively absorb and desorb moisture and to gain and release heat depending on the external and internal environmentthus buffering a room against environmental changes.
A wool carpet's ability to absorb moisture may result in a reduced propensity for condensation within a room.
Significant energy savings and comfort/health improvements are achievable by installation of wool carpets.
Exposure to unwanted or excessive noise has been shown to result in a range of negative health impacts, including hearing loss, loss of concentration, sleep deprivation, stress, headaches, ulcers and a higher incidence of respiratory complaints.
Wool carpets out-perform hard flooring in terms of their capacity to suppress unwanted noise.
The fibrous nature of wool carpets and upholstery means that, unlike many other materials, wool products can reduce, at the same time, a) airborne sound, b) surface noise, and c) sound transmission.
Wool carpeting is a healthy and comfortable choice for a flooring system as it provides thermal insulation allowing the room in which it is installed to remain a comfortable temperature while aiding in sound absorption.
Because of its unique moisture retention properties, wool carpeting is less prone to building up static electric charge than synthetic fiber carpeting.
Use of wool carpets provides a safer and more comfortable work environment than synthetic products, particularly in applications where static electricity is of particular concernaircraft carpets, buildings with sensitive electronic equipment, fuel transfer facilities, etc.
Control of Indoor Air Pollution
Wool carpet is an efficient absorber of potentially harmful indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide, effectively removing them from the environment.
Wool carpets out-perform nylon carpets in terms of their capacity to purify the indoor air.
Under normal circumstances, no risk is posed to human health by emissions from carpets, and selection of wool carpeting may even permit optimization of the process for indoor air quality improvement.
Interior textiles such as carpeting can act as filters for particulate pollutants and subsequent cleaning provides an easy means of managing human exposure to such hazards.
Particulate pollutants such as mite allergens are no more likely to build up in wool carpet than synthetic carpet and are readily removed by vacuuming.
Carpet has a much reduced propensity for disturbance of particulate pollutants (allergens, etc) than hard flooring.
Wool's ability to effectively buffer heat and moisture, in combination with its propensity to control indoor air pollutants, make it ideal for creating safe and healthy interior environments.