FAQs about Merino wool

FAQs about Merino wool

Merino is an all-natural fibre with some big benefits. We love it for a whole host of reasons:

Merino wool is the wool of the Merino sheep. It is a superfine and lightweight fibre with lots of great characteristics.

Merino sheep are mainly reared in New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and South Africa. At FINDRA, we ethically source our wool from Australia.

Merino wool is ethical as long as the farmers rearing Merino sheep and the supply chain using the wool are all committed to it being that way.

Mulesing is a surgical procedure some commercial sheep farmers use to make it easier to keep animals free of blowflies. However, it is a painful procedure that is not necessary. At FINDRA, we always use mulesing free Merino wool.

Merino has lots of environmental advantages, it is a natural and renewable resource, and is fully recyclable and even compostable.

Merino wool is gathered by shearing sheep from their fleece. This is a pain-free process and shearing is important for the general well-being of the animal, as it ensures their comfort.

Not only is it recyclable and better for the environment, Merino wool has odour resistant properties and needs washing less frequently than synthetic wools.

The structure of Merino’s natural fibres help prevent the growth of smell-causing bacteria. If bacteria is present, the protein molecules naturally occurring in Merino fibres (keratin) break the bacteria down.

The structure of Merino wool is what makes it so good at regulating temperature. It’s superfine and spiralled, perfect for trapping air. It also absorbs sweat and moisture and lets it evaporate away from the skin.

Yes! In fact, Merino wool clothing is great in the summer, as it helps evaporate sweat and is also odour resistant – ideal for summer months.

Not only is Merino wool incredibly soft and gentle on your skin, it’s lightweight and has high moisture wicking capabilities – keeping you cooler and more comfortable.

Unlike synthetic wools that can pick up unpleasant sweat smells easily, Merino wool can absorb large amounts of water vapour. This gives sweat and unpleasant smells less time to build up. Its unique fibres also lock away smells, only releasing them when washed.

We chose Merino wool precisely for the fact it can accompany you on any adventure. From running round the park to picnicking on the beach or hiking through the Alps.

Merino wool needs to be washed less frequently than synthetic fabrics. Air it to freshen up between wears and when it is time to wash, use a cool cycle and dry flat.

Lambswool can be very soft but, unlike Merino, it can be taken from any breed of sheep. That means its micron count can vary wildly. With Merino, you know you’re getting a low count and very soft wool.

We source our Merino wool from Australia, where there are lots of excellent farmers to choose from. There are no Merino wool farms in the UK because the weather conditions are not suitable for breeding Merino sheep.

It is important to us to source our wool from an ethical supply chain recognised by Woolmark. The Woolmark is an accredited standard that supports the ‘sheep to shop’ ethos and ensures the raw material meets exacting standards, in the production of natural, renewable and biodegradable wool.

No. Merino wool is made from very fine fibres, meaning it is nice and soft and not itchy at all. Our seamless clothing line is also created without seams, for an even comfier fit.

Sometimes Merino wool fibres are blended with other wools or synthetic wool fibres to create a fabric with different properties. How the new fabric behaves depends on the blend.

Merino wool is more expensive because it’s a natural and renewable resource, especially when ethically sourced. The extra cost is typically balanced out by Merino’s durability, low cost of care and the lifespan of the product.

Not at all. In fact, Merino wool is easy to look after. It needs to be washed less often than other fabrics and can be aired when it needs freshening up. It can also be machine washed on a cool setting.

As long as you normally wash your clothes on a cool setting, you can pop your Merino wool in alongside it. Don’t tumble dry, though. Merino is best dried flat, so it can keep its shape.

Not if you wash it on a cool setting and skip the tumble drier. Ideally, use a short, cool wash of no more than 30 degrees.

No. In fact, because Merino wool is made up from a very fine fibre, it can be woven or knitted into lightweight clothes that are perfect for layering.