What's the Difference Between Virgin and Organic Wool

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Let's compare Virgin and Organic Wool

 

Virgin wool defined:
Virgin wool can be defined in two ways. One is the wool taken from a lamb's first shearing. The result is a soft buttery, vibrant, velvet texture. The other meaning is wool that has never been used, processed, or woven before. This type can come from mature sheep.

Organic wool means.
In order for wool to be certified organic in the U.S., it must be produced in accordance with federal standards for organic livestock production, which are:

  • Feed and forage used for the sheep from the last third of gestation must be certified organic.
  • Synthetic hormones and genetic engineering of the sheep is prohibited.
  • Use of synthetic pesticides on pastureland is prohibited and the sheep cannot be treated with parasiticides, which can be toxic to both the sheep and the people exposed to them.
  • Good cultural and management practices of livestock must be used.

A key point to remember about the USDA and OTA organic wool designations:  the organic certification extends only to livestock –it doesn’t  cover the  further processing of the raw wool
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Our Virgin Wool

The Virgin wool used in our mattress is sourced from free range farms were sheep graze on natural vegetation in open fields. We disallow the use of processing practices such as carbonation, chemical crimping, bleaching and coating that damages the wool and adds chemicals which are forbidden in our organic latex mattresses.