Uhip loves wool
We love wool. For us, it has been given to choose wool for our base layer and some of the mid layer products.
Wool is one of our finest natural materials with properties that make it unique among other textiles. Wool has the ability to regulate body temperature; it warms up when it is cold and cools down when it is warm. In addition, wool is a self-cleaning material, bactericidal and it is completely natural.
Five benefits with wool
Want to take advantage of nature's own magic? Choose wool. Here we list five things that make the wool unbeatable.
1. Wool is temperature regulating
Hot or cold outside? Does not matter. If you choose a wool sweater, you have chosen the right whatever temperature. The wool fibre can absorb moisture equivalent to 30 % of its dry weight and make you not feel wet as the plus degrees rise. At the same time, it is soft against the skin and keeps you warm if it should freeze.
2. Wool is self-cleaning
The wool fat called lanolin helps the wool to clean itself. Lanolin is also partially water repellent, which also means you don't have to wash a wool sweater so often.
3. Wool is odour repellent
With wool in the sweater, you do not have to worry about inconveniences such as odour or other odours. The self-cleaning lanolin is also bactericidal, allowing the skin to breathe and rarely smell sweat after use.
4. Wool is natural
Sheep need to be cut, preferably several times a year. The wool they offer means that you can have it warm and comfortable when you are out walking or doing any other activity, wearing a wool sweater. Wool is a natural material and therefore 100 % degradable. Wool is not recycling. Wool is wool. Always natural.
5. Wool is difficult to ignite
Should the accident occur, if the flame from a candle or a marshal happens to come into contact with your woollen clothes, you can feel safe. Unlike many other clothing materials, the wool has a natural flame retardant and is therefore highly flammable.
Uhip uses wool from the german company lavalan®
CARE AND WASH YOUR WOOL
Wool contains keratin which breaks down bacteria that cause bad odor, and the wool's repellent properties prevent bacteria from developing. If a woolen garment starts to smell, it is enough to hang the garment on the air for a while.
Wool must be washed gently - at low temperature and with suitable (mild) detergent. When wool is washed with ordinary detergent, the natural wool fat lanolin breaks down and the wool fiber is weakened and dried out.
If you wash your woolen garment by hand, it is important not to leave the garment in water for too long and never wring water out of a woolen garment as it will damage the woolen fiber.
The wool fiber remembers its latest wet condition. Therefore, it is grateful to shape the woolen garment when wet; Pull and stretch gently to form the garment in a wet state.
ETHICS AND ENVIRONMENT
In order to keep you warm from the inside out, Uhip has high demands on quality, environment and ethics.
Wool is a renewable resource in that the sheep can be cut again and again - in fact, several times a year. In addition, wool is biodegradable and recyclable as long as it is not blended with synthetic fibre.
THE MERINO AND THE MULESING
We are careful about the origin of the merino wool and want to make sure that the sheep that produce the wool used in our clothes are treated well. At Uhip, we strongly distance ourselves from mulesing, a painful procedure that will prevent parasites from entering the skin on merino sheep. The method is used in Australia. Our merino wool garments are produced in Europe by companies that buy wool from South Africa, which does not practice mulesing.
We guarantee that our garments consist of 100% certified mulesing-free merino wool.
There are two measurement units that are important when it comes to wool.
How fine or thin the wool (wool fiber) is measured in the unit micron (the roughness in microns per diameter). A human hair is about 60 microns while really fine wool is between 17-23. Uhip's wool products have 19 microns, which is good as the fiber retains its strength while the wool is soft.
The other thing you look at is how many ripples per centimeter the wool has. Here is the merino wool with its 40 ripples per centimeter superior to other wool types.
Merino wool has thinner and smoother fibers than "ordinary" wool. The merino wool does not itch and feels comfortable and soft against the skin. Merino wool fiber has a wavy structure that makes it very elastic and that the garments retain their fit in a nice way. Of course, all Uhips products are free from Mulesing.
About lavalan® – the wool insulation
lavalan - the wool insulation is a fibrefill made from 100% natural and renewable raw materials. It combines the unique properties of virgin wool with the easy-care features of corn-based polylactic acid (PLA) fibres.
Quite often synthetic materials are used to insulate clothing, whereas nature already offers highly functional and complex raw materials. Wool is one such natural “high-tec” fibre and possesses a number of advantages:
Wool is able to uptake and release moisture vapour up to 36% of its dry weight, while being water-repellent at the same time. This makes lavalan highly breathable, quick drying and keeps you warm even when wet or sweating. Since wool is thermoregulating it also provides a cooling effect and prevents one from overheating even during intense exercise or unexpected warm weather conditions. So wool is able to always deliver comfortable, cozy warmth regardless of activity levels or altering temperatures.
Another important aspect is the odour neutralization. Since wool wicks moisture away, it can never build up the bacteria that causes bad odours, for a longer use without unnecessary wash cycles, i.e. during travels, outdoor adventures and several-day mountain trips.
The wool is solely sourced from European countries after highest quality and animal welfare standards. The sheep graze in the idyllic surroundings of the Austrian and Swiss Alps and they are kept under natural conditions on pastures in Germany, France and Scandinavia. European wool is mulesing-free. For lavalan it is crucial that no sheep are tortured, neither during breeding nor the shearing process.
Sheep farmers supply their freshly shorn wool to so called collection points where it is sorted after color and quality and pressed into bales. Afterwards the wool gets scoured at traditional plants in Belgium and the United Kingdom. Plant residues, sheep dung and lanolin are removed in order to get a clean, soft and consistent lavalan wool filling. Back at Baur Vliesstoffe in Germany about 60 experienced employees with a knack for wool take care of the subsequent lavalan production. The independent Swiss company UniqueTrace certifies our supply chain, so we can prove the origin of our wool from sheep to the finished product – true to the motto “from sheep to shop”.
Even at the end of its lifecycle our filling doesn’t turn into waste because lavalan – the wool insulation in a row is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable.
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