Why wool, how to clean & care, and a few words on production & delivery.

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

Trying to get too much information into the title rarely makes it nice, but we will try to get this sorted out. One fact is that wool has a long tradition in Norway. From socks to sails, it has been an important part of people's lives in the north for several thousand years. In a time where we have to think about what we do to the environment, wool is part of the solution to wear clothing that is environmentally friendly in more than one way. The clothing sold in The Arctic Moments shop is warm, long-lasting, and the knitted stuff comes with our "knitted by granny" - guarantee. We will even tell you how to care for it in just a moment, so let us get to it.


Norwegian sheep are generally happy sheep :-)

Wool is 100% natural Wool is 100% natural grown year-round by Norway´s roughly 1 million sheep, consuming a simple blend of water, air, sunshine, and green grass.


Wool is 100% biodegradable & renewable When a wool fiber is disposed of, it will naturally decompose in soil in a matter of years, slowly releasing valuable nutrients back into the earth. And also every year Norwegian sheep produce a new fleece, making wool a completely renewable fiber.


“The positive attributes of wool in terms of durability, recyclability, and low impact care (less frequent washing, at lower temperatures with less detergent/conditioner) are consistent with strategies to minimize shedding of microfibres to the environment.” (SIFO2017).

How to care for your wool?

Most of the time it will be enough to just leave your wool product outdoors for a few hours to let it breathe.


If you feel the need to wash your wool garment there are a few things to consider.

Just a few years ago hand washing at 30 degrees Celsius was the rule. These days the wool program on your washing machine is probably a just as good alternative, but have a try before you go all in. When done with the washing you should dry knitted garments on a flat surface, for example, the bathroom floor.


Wool, and especially hand knitted garments might shrink a bit when washed, but are easily pulled into the previous shape when wet. Between us, the mittens only get better when they shrink a bit. Putting the mittens in saltwater is a trick fishermen used to perform during the Lofoten fisheries a hundred years ago. Not only did the mittens get more windproof, but they also got warmer due to the water in between the fibers. A bit like modern wet suits.


Need more information? Have a look at this short video from TSI Apparel.


Return, repairs & guarantee

We are sure that you will be happy with your product. Should you not be happy you are of course welcome to return the stuff you bought to us within a reasonable time - unused of course. Read more about our return- and guarantee policy here.


We will also try to repair broken or worn out products. Send us some pictures and a description, and we will get back to you with a reasonable price.


Product & delivery

Handmade products are produced by one of our partners upon your order, meaning we are not able to give you an exact date of delivery. We will however work as fast as possible to get the product ready for you. A normal delivery time is between 1-2 weeks.


As with all handmade products, and especially wool, they may differ slightly in shape, size, and color from the pictures. The yarn coming out of the factory can also vary between productions. The quality is however the same.


 

SIFO 2017. Laitala, K; Klepp, I.G; Henry, B. Use phase of apparel:

A Literature review for Life Cycle Assessment with a focus on wool. Fagrapport nr. 6-2017. Oslo:Forbrukeforskningsinstituttet SIFO. Download the report here.



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