December 4, 2008

The Health Benefits of Wool

Wool is a beautiful natural fiber that has not only many environmental benefits, but has many health benefits as well. Who knew Wool was healthy?!

5 Environmental Benefits of Wool:

* Eco-Friendly - Wool comes from sheep making it a natural, renewable resource. Scientists have not (yet!) been able to synthetically reproduce the properties of wool.

* Animal Friendly - Sheep just need a haircut for us to harvest the wool, so no sheep are killed during the harvesting of wool. <3>

* Sustainable -
Sheep naturally grow new wool each year so there are no chemical enhancements used on the animals to make them produce the wool.

* Biodegradable & Organic - Wool products last for decades, and when they are no longer of use they can be returned to the earth for natural recycling! You also won’t be breathing in petroleum-based chemicals as they break down. There is no out-gassing of chemicals in pure wool; in fact, there are no chemicals in wool!

* Amazing value for your money - If cared for properly, wool products can last for years. While wool products usually cost more than a synthetic substitute, wool actually offers the lowest cost as it lasts longer and the best comfort.

5 Health Benefits of Wool:

* Regulates your body temperature – No matter what the season, wool will keep you warm in winter and cool on summer nights. Wool's fibers form pockets of air which insulate you naturally. It will keep you dry and won’t feel damp or chilled because wool wicks the moisture away from your body.

* Hypoallergenic – it is resistant to bacteria, mould and mildew which can cause allergic reactions.

* Naturally Flame-resistant – Because of it's unique chemical structure, wool is difficult to ignite. Wool extinguishes itself when touched to a flame and it won’t continue to burn. It will not cling to the skin and cause serious hot melt burns like most synthetic fabrics do.

* Dust-mites don’t like wool – those nasty little dust mites need moisture to survive . They are more readily found in other types of fabrics such as synthetic materials.

* Supporting and soothing – Those who suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis and rheumatism find that wool supports them with cushioned softness. Wool’s softness helps relieve pressure points and muscle aches.

So, now that you've learned about the natural healthy benefits of wool, you don't have a reason not to dress your dog in an Eco-Pup wool coat this winter! Your pup will be oh so warm, healthy and stylin' this winter!

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