5 comparisons between natural wool and synthetic wool to help you make a more informed choice.

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Natural wool vs synthetic

Many people think that synthetic fiber is better in several ways. But that's wrong, in fact natural wool like sheep's and alpaca have so many more benefits than synthetic fibers. In addition to being more ecological, sustainable, and renewable, it has all the characteristics sought for a garment, a blanket among others.


5 questions that oppose natural wool to synthetic.

  1. Which one is the hottest?      
     It is the natural fibers such as wool and alpaca that are the hottest. They insulate very well and will help regulate your temperature, while the synthetic fiber will be less insulating, but in addition it is a plastic fiber, it does not breathe which increases sweating and suddenly you will be colder because of the humidity.
  2. Which one is the most comfortable? 

    If we talk about softness, I will say that everything is a question of quality, both synthetic fiber and natural. For natural fiber, avoid low-end wools like pure wool, tell yourself that price is often a good indicator of quality. And if you think that this is not true for synthetic, think again, because if you bought a wool of poor quality, it would also sting in addition to rubbing off easily and damaging from the first wash. Poor quality wool will sting, whether natural or synthetic. But again, what makes me lean towards natural fiber is the ability to breathe and regulate the temperature, which makes it much more comfortable.
  3. Which one is the easiest to maintain? 
      Who said, well, it's the synthetic that is the easiest to maintain: washer and dryer, that's it, it's clean. That's true, but synthetic fiber absorbs odors in addition to making you sweat, so it should be cleaned regularly. For its part, natural wool absorbs little or no odors, they are self-cleaning, it is enough to ventilate them from time to time and wash them once or twice a year. But anyway, air-dried fiber is still the best choice, because the dryer damages clothe a lot. 
     Whether natural or synthetic if your product is handmade, it still deserves to be washed by hand.
  4. Which one is he less likely to have allergies with? 
      Wool and alpaca are hypoallergenic, which means you can't be allergic to them. Irritation due to wool is a question of quality: the larger the size of the fiber, the more it will sting (the same for synthetic). A quality wool with a very fine fiber such as fine or extra-fine merino wool will not sting. (Read more: is wool an allergen?) Both synthetic wool and natural wool can cause irritation due to its quality, but since chemicals are found in synthetic wool, it is possible to be allergic to it even if there are no large studies on the subject.
  5. Which is more affordable? 
      Synthetic wool is less expensive, again, if you want good quality, it will cost you nearly $ 10 per 100 g. However, good quality natural wool will vary between $15 and $20 or more if dyed or spun by hand. Alpaca wool is often even more expensive by $5 to $10 more than wool. 
    In addition, synthetic wool is more easily found in supermarkets while quality natural wool will be found in specialized shops.

In conclusion, it is obvious to me that it has more advantages to use natural fibers rather than synthetic. Take the time to read about the fibers you want to buy, see their characteristics and what it will bring you. Natural fiber can provide you with a lot of benefits beyond keeping you warm.

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