Our product lifecycle begins with sheep who provide our raw material. Each spring sheep are sheared of excess wool to keep them comfortable throughout the warmer months. By the time winter comes again, they have regrown their fleece to keep them warm during the cold months.
The energy used by sheep to grow their wool is provided by weeds and plants in prairies and ranches. Grazing helps keep the land healthy.
Wool is a known material that has been used since people and sheep began their relationship, at least 10,000 years ago. Wool has also been tested by countless researchers for various attributes described in countless academic articles.
SoftBatts are made of wool and nothing else. Wool is an excellent insulator and absolutely safe for anyone who comes in contact with it. The Loose Fill combines wool with cellulose to take advantage of their best features.
Sheared wool is transported to a wool processing facility where it is washed in warm water with a biodegradable detergent.
Wool is naturally fire and pest resistant. We heighten this natural protection by adding a small percentage of boric acid. The water is recycled rather than released into the local water supply.
Clean wool is then transported to a manufacturing facility within 500 miles of the customer.
SoftBatts are lightweight and safe for installers to carry and handle. Because wool doesn’t contain or release chemicals or particles, no protective gear is required.
LIVING AND WORKING
SoftBatts help keep interior air clean and healthy by absorbing and locking in toxins from other sources. It also absorbs and releases moisture which balances humidity.
END OF LIFE
If the building burns, wool dampens fire in surrounding materials giving occupants valuable time to get out. Because wool contain no chemicals it doesn’t off-gas like other building products.
If the building is torn down, the wool can be pulled out and reused, recycled, repurposed or used as nutrient rich land fill. It doesn’t enter the waste stream.