Do you know the impact your sweater has? From the process of creating synthetic fibers to microfibers and microplastics polluting our oceans, it’s no surprise that natural fibers are inherently more planet friendly than synthetic fibers.
Icebreaker is guided by three principles when creating their merino wool performance wear: adaptation, symbiosis, and sustainability. They offer full transparency from practices with their growers – with whom they have long term relationships – to fair wages and working conditions all the way down the supply chain.
‘Nature doesn’t waste anything. Waste is a uniquely human trait.’
2. Micro Climate
You might have heard that wool keeps you warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s warm. The explanation of this is that when wool absorbs moisture, it produces heat, so if you go from warm to cold, the wool picks up water particles from the air, keeping your body warm. The opposite happens when you go from cold to warm. This makes wool comfortable to wear in both warm and cool conditions.
Layering icebreaker merino wool allows you to control your own personal micro climate.
3. Breathability + Odor Control
Wool fibers are naturally breathable. They can absorb up to 30% of their weight in water without feeling wet, allowing it to evaporate and feel less clingy against your skin. These moisture wicking properties keep the stink causing bacteria away from your skin. Boom. Odor solved.
4. Wash Less, Wear More
Those great odor fighting properties allow each garment to go more wears between washes. Read: less washes, less water and detergent and electricity consumption, more sustainable. That brings us to…
5. Circular Fashion
Clothing that lasts forever is no longer a good thing. Simply put, plastic does not biodegrade, but rather breaks down into smaller pieces – microplastics – that then pollute our land and especially water causing harm that is still not fully understood.
Natural fibers break down and replenish the earth, completing a healthy cycle for our eco system. Icebreaker merino fibers degrade more than 90% over the space of nine months when buried in soil.
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