Are Alpaca Duvets Worth It?
Alpacas are lovable, fun animals with lots of personalities and not only do they make great companions, but their wool and fleece are also perfect for creating natural, luxury bedding.
Unlike Sheep wool which contain the allergen lanolin, Alpaca not only contain zero lanolin, but the fibres are also a lot softer, with an average micron of 18-23 making it as soft as, and in some cases, softer, than cashmere. So, it’s no wonder that is often referred to as fibre of the gods and used to make luxurious duvets.
But you’re probably thinking that most duvets are soft. Whether it’s synthetic fill, feather and down, silk, cotton or even filled with sheep wool, most duvets are designed to be soft and comfortable. So, what is it about specifically about Alpaca duvets that make them stand out above the rest?
Ethical, Eco – Friendly Bedding
Well, first of all, Alpaca’s are sheared for the benefit of the animal above anything else. Alpaca’s do not shed and so the fleece will continue to grow and cause discomfort to the animal if not managed properly. The shearing, often done in late spring, ensures that the Alpaca is kept cool throughout the summer, that the wool doesn’t become matted, and the risk of flystrike is reduced. It’s only because of this vital shearing, that Alpaca wool is available to be used in natural Alpaca products.
This differs from other animal filled duvets such as feather and down. Feather and down duvets are made using the feather and downs from ducks and/or geese. These animals are often plucked for the product, not for their own benefit, and in some cases this process is not done in an ethical manner. The highest quality of down involves a process whereby the ducks and geese are still alive when the feathers and down are being plucked from their skin. Whilst down duvets might feel luxurious, they can come at a very unethical price.
Our shearing process at South House is completely ethical and the well-being of the Alpaca is our top priority throughout, as we do everything we can to make sure the Alpaca’s are as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
Once the Alpaca has been sheared and throughout the whole production process, no chemicals are used or need to be used, keeping the fleece intact from the get-go. Not only does this preserve the fibre’s quality but it also means that the production process is environmentally friendly, and the duvet is kept 100% natural.
Wool products in general tend to be more durable than synthetics, and whilst we are confident that an Alpaca Duvet will last many years to come, we give them a minimum lifespan of 10 years. The standard lifespan of a synthetic duvet is 5 years and once it is disposed of it cannot be recycled so clogs up landfill. But the great thing about Alpaca fleece is that it is biodegradable. So, if you’re looking for an eco-friendly, sustainable bedding set, Alpaca fleece bedding is a great option.
Not only is it sustainable, but Alpaca fleece is a dry fibre and in comparison to sheep wool it contains miniscule amounts of Lanolin and in most cases none at all. When people have allergies to wool, it is more often than not an allergy to the lanolin deep rooted within the wool. Sheep wool creates large amounts of this waxy, protective substance and requires a rigorous wash process in order to remove this from the wool and unless you invest in high-quality wool, the lanolin can still remain present. As alpaca fleece has barely any trace of this to begin with, it makes it naturally hypoallergenic.
One Duvet to Rule them All
Most duvets, particularly synthetic ones come with a tog rating, the higher the tog the warmer the duvet. Typically, a tog rating of 10.5 – 13.5 is suitable for the winter, but this is often too warm for the summer, meaning that you might need to invest in lower tog duvet for the summer or face some uncomfortable warm nights. You can buy separate duvets for summer and autumn that combine together to create a perfect winter duvet, but we have a better solution – Alpaca fleece bedding!
Alpaca fleece bedding doesn’t have a tog rating. However, it is naturally thermoregulating. Alpacas are hardy animals, that have had to adapt to the changing temperatures in their natural environment. Their fleece keeps them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Unlike sheep wool where the fibres only contain pockets of air, Alpaca fibres are hollow, which allows them to trap in more heat. It’s because of this, Alpaca fleece tends to be 5 times warmer than Sheep wool, without feeling heavy. The fleece can also absorb up to 50% of its weight in moisture, so even on those warmer nights you can still remain cool and comfortable, avoiding the dreaded night sweats.
It’s because of these thermoregulating properties Alpaca Fleece Bedding is suitable all year round, creating a luxury comfortable night’s sleep whatever the weather.
Natural, Soft, Luxurious bedding
South House Alpaca bedding is made using 100% alpaca fleece and is encased in a natural, soft cotton for a luxurious finish. We’re proud of the high-quality bedding we produce and are confident the natural benefits of alpaca fleece make out duvets stand out above all the others.
If you’re looking for a natural, sustainable bedding set that is perfect all year round, look no further! You can shop our collection here.