Sheepskin is a sheep’s skin, and it comes from an animal that has been slaughtered. Most Sheepskins (including ours) come from sheep that have died for meat. *Very* few Sheepskins are tanned. 60k out of well over 5 million sheep. This is sad. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation a lorry load of plastic fabrics gets burned or buried *every second*. This is the same fate awaits all these millions of wasted sheepskins.
Sad because at the end of their long life, sheepskins rot away harmlessly into the environment. Not only this, during use sheepskins emit zero endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Whereas man made fibers, made from oil (with all its associated “complications”) emit chemicals that harm developing brains. Sheepskin doesn’t do this. What sheepskin does is help regulate temperature and moisture (just like it did for the sheep). Its exothermic nature means it warms up whilst absorbing moisture, this is *very* good in winter.
It can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in water (although we all know I’m talking about sweat, right?) this quality is excellent in summer.
Further reading can be found on the excellent Campaign for Wool website (Dartmoor sheepskins is not affiliated with Campaign for Wool, it’s just a brilliantly laid out argument for wool), here it is.