WHAT IS MERINO?

The merino is one of the world's oldest breed of sheep, originating in Spain in the 12th century, it is now most at home in the extreeme environments of New Zealand and Australia. Unlike regular course wool sheep who graze in the flat lowlands, the merino has evolved to survive the scorching summers and freezing winters of New Zealand’s rugged Southern Alps range and outback Australia.

Merino wool is composed of a natural protein that is biodegradable, similar to the protein found in human hair. When disposed of, Merino wool decomposes in soil in a matter of years, slowly releasing valuable nitrogen-based nutrients back into the earth, acting like a fertiliser. In contrast, synthetic fibres can be extremely slow to degrade.

The merino sheep produce a new fleece naturally every year and the farmers shear the sheep only in the summer to ensure the animals comfort, hygiene and mobility. The wool is ethically sourced and 100% made from nature.

IT'S NATURES WONDER FIBRE
 

The merino sheep can survive these extremes because of the incredible natural engineering of their fleece. Super lightweight and breathable, the merino’s summer coat keeps cool in temperatures of up to +30°C. In winter, the merino grows an extra layer of wool over their base coat to protect them against temperatures that plummet to -10°C.

 

PROPERTIES OF MERINO WOOL
TEMPERATURE REGULATING

Merino is an active fiber which takes in factors such as the wearer's body temperature and external conditions. In cold conditions your merino thermals will keep you warm and in warm conditions they will keep you cool.

MOISTURE RESISTANT

Merino wicks moisture away from the skin and into the atmosphere meaning you'll be kept drier for longer. Merino can absorb up to 35% of its own weight before feeling wet!

ODOUR RESISTANT

The lanolin in merino wool prevents mildew and bacteria from building up on your clothing and any odour molecules are absorbed into the merino fibre stopping the build up on unpleasant odours.

UV RESISTANT

Merino wool have a UV factor of between 30 and 50 UVP because the fibres absorb UV radiation throughout the entire UV spectrum, adding a layer of protection against harmful rays.

LONG LASTING

Although merino wool clothing tends to be more expensive than synthetic fibres it will last a lot longer meaning you won't have to repurchase every few months. Merino wool fibres can bend over 20,000 times without breaking so won't lose shape or get holes.

SOFT & COMFORTABLE

Merino wool is super soft against the skin and unlike traditional wool it doesn't irritate or itch the skin. The merino fibres are so fine that when they come into contact with the skin they bend. Merino is also hypoallergenic meaning it's great for babies with eczema and allergies.