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What is merino?


The merino is one of the world's oldest breed of sheep, originating in Spain in the 12th century, it is now most at home in the extreme environments of New Zealand and Australia. Unlike regular coarse wool sheep who graze in the flat lowlands, the merino has evolved to survive the scorching summers and freezing winters of New Zealand’s rugged Southern Alps range and outback Australia.
Merino wool is composed of a natural protein that is biodegradable, similar to the protein found in human hair. When disposed of, Merino wool decomposes in soil in a matter of years, slowly releasing valuable nitrogen-based nutrients back into the earth, acting like a fertiliser. In contrast, synthetic fibres can be extremely slow to degrade.
The merino sheep produce a new fleece naturally every year and the farmers shear the sheep only in the summer to ensure the animals comfort, hygiene and mobility. The wool is ethically sourced and 100% made from nature.
The merino sheep can survive these extremes because of the incredible natural engineering of their fleece. Super lightweight and breathable, the merino’s summer coat keeps cool in temperatures of up to +30°C. In winter, the merino grows an extra layer of wool over their base coat to protect them against temperatures that plummet to -10°C.

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