We're bleating about Merino
Why is Merino so great?
Seems like the words winter and merino are constantly being used in the same sentence? Why, what is so great about Merino? Here’s a few things we’ve learnt along the way.
- Great Absorption
Did you know Merino wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture and still maintain its ability to insulate, keeping you dry, warm and cosy. It's also naturally moisture wicking – able to draw perspiration away from the skin so you stay dry when working up a sweat. Our Lamington Merino socks are a perfect example! These socks stay fresher for longer compared to other fabrics. Merino socks are great for travelling or for activities that call for a little more exertion! Check out our great selection of Lamington Tights and Socks.
2. Easy Care
Merino is easy to wash and look after. Because merino resists odour, bacteria and stains, you don’t need to wash it as often or as rigorously as synthetics. Airing your merino overnight will usually freshen it for the following day. We always recommend following the washing instructions on your merino garment. Take our Woolbabe Sleeping bags for example, they recommend gentle machine or hand wash in cold water or 30°C water using a quality liquid wool wash and as aforementioned they recommend airing your Woolbabe item daily will reduce how often it needs to be washed
Better for the Planet
Merino is a natural, regenerative fibre, grown by happy, healthy sheep. And what starts in nature, can go back to nature too - merino is completely biodegradable, meaning it breaks down in the ground and puts nutrients back into soil. Merino wool comes from the Merino breed of sheep. While it’s not native to New Zealand, we have become a global leader in its farming and its cultivation for wool and leather products. A recent survey found that over 40% of the global Merino supply comes from New Zealand – a huge number considering our size and population.
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