How to Shop for Wool Bedding

Before purchasing wool bedding, ask yourself these questions to make sure you get the perfect wool comforter or blanket.

| November/December 2003

  • The Shepherd's Dream "Skinny" is a woool mattress slightly thinner than standard, making it less expensive and more portable. Wool mattresses, whatever their thickness, allow you to avoid petroleum-based foam during some of your body's most vulnerable hours.
    Photo Courtesy Shepherd's Dream
  • The Shepherd's Dream sleep system consists of a slatted wood frame - allowing for air circulation under the mattress - an all wool mattress, mattress topper, comforter and pillows. A porous, resilient fiber, wool resists dust mites and is naturally hypoallergenic.
    Photo Courtesy Shepherd's Dream

Am I allergic to wool?

Request a tester kit or buy a pillow before jumping into a big ­purchase such as a comforter.

How has the wool been treated?

Some manufacturers treat wool in a mild sulfuric acid bath that consumes carbon-based contamination such as seeds, hay, and fecal matter. Another practice is using glues and plastics to help bind the wool. For contaminant-free sleep, buy bedding that was washed with vegetable-based, biodegradable soap and has never been bleached or otherwise treated. Some manufacturers call their wool “organic,” but this catch phrase can mean different things because no certification criteria exist in the wool industry.



What is the sheep's quaility of life?

Ask for a manufacturer’s cruelty-free statement before buying any products. Find out if the sheep are free to roam, if they graze in pesticide-free pastures, if they eat chemical-free feed, and how they’re cared for when ill. The manufacturer should also disclose whether the sheep were sprayed for lice or fed prophylactic antibiotics, practices that aren’t allowed in natural wool production. Vegans should be aware that most wool comes from ewes whose lambs are slaughtered for meat and who themselves are killed once they are past breeding age.



Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds