Merino Wool Research

We get it,  in the hyped up word we live in, things can seem too good to be true. Happily that is not the case with Merino wool, the many unique and remarkable properties of merino are backed up by a wealth of solid scientific evidence; and equally well documented thanks to the numerous universities, medical and scientific institutes that conduct formal research into this natural super fibre.
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Improves sleep in infants
  • Chin-Moi Chow Dr, University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences. 2006
  • Umbach, K.H., Journal of the Textile, 77:3, 212-222. 1987
  • Dickson, P.R., Medical Journal of Australia, January 21, p87-89. 1984
  • Scott, S., Lucas, P., Cole, T., and Richards, M., The Lancet, October 29, p1014-1016.1983
  • Powley, M., Nye, P., and Buckfield, P. The Lancet, May 3, p979- 980. 1980
  • Scott, S., and Richards, M., The Lancet, May 12, p1028. 1979 
    Insulates and regulates temperature 
    • CSIRO, "Wool and Warmth", n.p., n.d. Web,  2013
    • CSIRO, "Wool garments generate warmth in cool, damp conditions" N.p., n.d. Web,  2013
    • CSIRO, "Wool for Active Sports: Comfort and Performance Advantages" N.p., n.d. Web, 2013
    • Laing, R. M., Sims, S. T., Wilson, C. A., Niven, B. E., and Cruthers, N. M., “Differences in wearer response to garments for outdoor activity”, University of Otago, Ergonomics, 1-19. 2007
    • Collie,S.R., N.A.G.Johnson., “The benefits of wearing wool rather than man-made fibre garments”. Lincoln, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1998
    • Bakkevig, M.K, Nielsen, R. “Impact of wet underwear on thermoregulatory responses and thermal comfort in the cold”. Ergonomics, 37, 1375-89. 1994
    • Pessenhofer, H., B.Kohla, et al. “Influencing energy readiness and thermal regulation of humans during physical stress on a bicycle ergometer by clothing made from various textile materials” Physiologiches Institut, Karl-Franzens Universitat. 1991
    • Stuart, I.M., Schneider, A.M., Turner, T.R., Textile Research Journal, 1989
    • Holcombe, B.V. “The thermal insulation performance of textile fabrics”, CSIRO. 1987
    • Holmer, I., “Heat exchange and thermal insulation compared in woollen and nylon garments during wear trials”, Textile Research Journal, 55: 9, 511-8. 1985
    • Leeder, J. “Wool-Nature’s Wonder Fibre”, Australasian Textile Publishers. 1984
    • Holcombe, B.V., Hoschke, B.N., “Dry heat transfer characteristics of underwear fabrics”. Textile Research Journal, 53, 368-74. 1983
    • Rodahl, R., Giere, A., Staft, P.H., Wedin, B. “A physiological comparison of the protective value of nylon and wool in a cold environment, in  A. Borg and J. H. Veghte (eds.), “The Physiology of Cold Weather Survival” (AGARDReportNo620) 53-8. 1973
    • Rodwell, E. C., Renbourn, E. T., Greenland, J., Kenchington, K. W. L., “An investigation of the physiological value of sorption heat in clothing  assemblies” .Journal of the Textile Institute, 56,624-45. 1965
    • Pierce, F.T., Rees, and W.H., Heat transfer through moist fabrics. Journal of the Textile Institute, 37,T181-204. 1946
    Is soft, hypoallergenic
    & helps with sensitivities & eczema
    • Spelman, L., Queensland Institute of Dermatology (QID). 2012
    • Mistiaen, P., Jolly, D.J., McGowan, S., Hickey, M.B., Spreeuwenberg, P., 
    • Francke, A.L. Medical Journal of Australia, 193, 638-641. 2010
    • Manfredi, S., Tonin, C., “A respiratory and allergy survey in textile workers employed in early stages of wool processing”, G. Ital, Med. Lav. Ergon, 2293), 236-40. 2000
    • Hatch, K.L., and Maibach, H.I. (1985), “Textile Fibre Dermatitis”, Contact Dermatitis, 12, 1-11. 1985
    • Fischer, A.A., “Contact Dermatitis”, 2nd Edition, Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia, 135. 1973
    Is highly breathable and manages moisture
    • Australian Wool Innovation, “Breathability” n.d. Web.  2013. 
    • Alan, Don, and Will. “Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers.” BackpackingLight.com. N.p., Web. 2005
    • Li, Y., Holcombe, B. V., Apcar, F., “Moisture buffering behaviour of hygroscopic fabric during wear”. Textile Research journal, 62: 11, 619-27. 1992
    • Massie,D.S., Mehta,P.N.,”Moisture transport properties of underwear fabrics”. Ilkley, Yorkshire, UK, International Wool Secretariat, Technical Centre. 1980
    • Onions, W. J., “Wool. An Introduction to its properties, varieties, uses and production”. Interscience Publishers: 46-63. 1962
    Is antibacterial and odour Inhibiting
    • Aebi-Magee, J. “What Makes, Wool So Special?”, Wool Revolution. N.p., n.d. ,Web. 2013
    • Adams, S., “IMerino ::.”  N.p. n.d. , Web ,  2013. 
    • Burling-Claridge,G.R., Odour production inactive sportswear. WRONZ Confidential report. 1998
    • McQueen, R.H., Laing, R.M., Brooks, H.J.L., Niven, B.E., “Odour intensity in apparel fabrics and the link with bacterial populations”. Textile  Research Journal, 77, 449-56. 2007
    • McQueen, R.H., Laing, R.M., Wilson, C.A., Niven, B.E., and Delahunty, C.M., 2007.”Odor retention on apparel fabrics: Development of test methods for sensory detection”. Textile Research Journal, 77,645-52. 2007
    Is a natural fire retardant & has an UPF Factor of 30+
    • CSIRO, "Flame resistance of wool", N.p., n.d. Web,  2013
    • Gambichler, T., Rotterdam, S., Altmeyer, P., Hoffmann, K.,“Protection against ultraviolet radiation by commercial summer clothing: need for standardised testing and labelling”, BMC, Dermatology, 1: 6. 2001
    • Hilfiker, R., Kaufmann, W., Reinert, G., and Schmidt, E., Textile Research Journal, 66: 2, 61. 1996
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