Merino naturally resists the build up of odour. As a result Merino garments don't need washing as often or as vigorously as synthetics and keep looking good for longer.
Many extreme athletes with long term uses for clothing have reported far less odour build-up using Merino clothing, than with man made fibres, especially close to the skin.
This characteristic is very useful for baby and children's garments. merino sleeping bags usually need very little washing, just air them out on the side of the cot regularly. Merino nightwear can be used for much longer than cotton nightwear before it needs washing, although your children will love their merino so much it's likely they will still be wearing it at breakfast time!
Wrinkle and wrinkle recovery
Because of its natural crimp, Merino is highly resilient - in fact, it can be bent 30,000 times without danger of breaking or damage. This natural elasticity means its 'wrinkle recovery rate' is exceptional especially in a moist environment like a shower room; wrinkles in a Merino garment will hang out readily. Garments made from New Zealand Merino require little if any ironing, which makes it ideal for travelling.
It means your children's merino garments look great wear after wear. Particularly our extremely high quality Mokopuna merino (100% NZ merino) stays looking like new and lasts incredibly well.
Resistance to static electricity
An annoying consequence of static electricity build up in textile garments is the clinging of a garment to the body. The natural fibres such as Merino and cotton are relatively free of static problems because their chemical structures and water-sorbing properties make them good conductors. This resistance to static electricity also means that garments don't rustle with movement so they are quieter to wear....perfect for sleeping!!
The least flammable of fibres, Merino is self extinguishing in the event of a fire therefore it is the safest fibre to have next to your body.
The scientific reasons for Merino's fire resistance lie in its unique chemical composition and its high water absorption.
Importantly for wearers of Merino garments, Merino doesn't melt if it comes into contact with flame - unlike most synthetics, Merino won't melt and stick to the skin causing more trauma to the affected area.
Merino also naturally resists soiling. The synthetic fibres being oil based tend to attract and retain oily soils. Washing, wearing and dry-cleaning of synthetics leads to a phenomenon called greying, which is caused by soil build up and absorption of oil contaminants into the chemical structure of the fibre, particularly during dry-cleaning. A further advantage of Merino is that when a garment is soiled the natural water repellent surface allows time for the spills to be wiped away before they cause permanent staining.
Merino leaves a very light footprint on the planet - it's a renewable resource and involves a natural growth process of converting grass into fibre, in pollution free factories. It's also recyclable and bio-degradable.
Compare this with synthetic fibres, which are made from a non renewable resource and involves the conversion of oil into fibre.
Our thanks to NZ Merino for this very useful information.