Did you know that most sheepskin is simply destroyed? Sheepskin is simply a by-product of the meat industry and in the UK we normally destroy over 95% fleeces each year. Sadly it is burned as this is the cheapest alternative, leading to environmental damage.
If you are lucky enough to have a sheepskin, you will know that well cared for it should last a lifetime and can be repurposed in many ways. If you do decide it’s time to say goodbye to your sheepskin it will naturally biodegrade in around a year.
Faux sheepskin contains large quantities of synthetic materials, meaning that it must be taken to landfill, where it can take hundreds of years to break down.
Authentic sheepskin can provide support with its dense pile, redistributing body weight accordingly. It’s great at relieving aches and pains and a wonderful form of treatment for pressure sores.
The naturally thermostatic nature of sheepskin means that it can regulate temperature. It really does keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Totally breathable and moisture absorbing, it really does have some amazing qualities beyond softness.
In addition, the naturally occurring lanolin in sheepskin is hypoallergenic and moisturising, not something that your faux rug can offer!
Another great health benefit is that sheepskin is naturally resistant to disease spreading factors such as bed bugs, dust mites and mould growth. As it draws any excess moisture away from the skin, harmful bacteria is less likely to grow.
While faux sheepskin often contains flammable materials, real sheepskin is fire retardant, flame resistant and resistant to static electricity. Place your sheepskin rug by the fire without worry, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy all that this natural product has to offer.
Sheepskin also provides a high level of support, cushioning the body and absorbing pressure. The material truly shines in rugs and sheepskin pram liners, offering a comfy material to lay or sit back on.