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Merino Wool Fans – It is Here!


August 10, 2014 by Polarn O. Pyret

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Many of our now loyal customers discovered Polarn O. Pyret because of our expansive Merino Wool program for children of all ages from newborn to 12 years old. We always stock Merino wool in our traditional navy from our Best Basics Collection year round and then bring in limited edition Merino wool collections which arrive in our stores late summer and usually last through the holiday selling season depending on weather and demand that year. Our customers love PO.P Merino as a functional layering piece that also transitions to a wardrobe staple due to our fun colors and styling. Merino wool can be worn everyday by your kids during the cold and damp months and our customers love the flexibility of the product.

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Merino is a highly functional natural product. It is a breathable layer which wicks away moisture from the skin. We recommend that this layer be worn as the base layer next to the child’s skin. Merino absorbs perspiration from the skin and releases it into the air. This means your child will never feel damp and cold since moisture between skin and layering piece is reduced. Babies in particular can benefit from wearing Merino wool as they are not as adapt at regulating their own body temperature as are older children and adults. Unlike cotton, Merino wool retains warmth when wet keeping your children happy, warm and dry at all times.

Merino is different in quality that traditional wool that some of us may be used to — Merino does not deliver the experience of a handmade bulky knit wool sweater. Nor does it have the odor that such a sweater carries. Each merino wool fiber has a silky outer layer, creating an extremely soft, pleasant wearing experience. Because Merino has such a fine hand feel it is safe and comfortable to wear for babies and children who may have eczema and skin sensitivities. We realized at Polarn O. Pyret that many children are sensitive to the feeling of seams against their skin so we have designed all our Merino wool items with anti-chafe seams.

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Our Merino wool is also extremely easy to care for as it is washable and can be tumbled dried. We recommend washing your Merino on a wool or cooler setting and tumble drying at a low dryer setting. Our Merino will retain its shape and quality washing after washing and be an item that subsequently can be passed on to another sibling or friend or sold on the second hand market.

Polarn O. Pyret pledges that the Merino wool used in our products is delivered in the most humane manner possible which preserves the rights of the sheep involved in this process. Treating animals in a painful manner is unacceptable and something that we reject. We have an animal welfare policy that says that animals should be protected from unnecessary suffering. The policy is a part of our supplier agreements where we make demands on our suppliers and require them to make demands backwards in the supply chain as we do not purchase raw materials ourselves.

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The wool we have today originates from South Africa, and South America, but also to some extent from Australia. When we buy wool from Australia, we require certification just because there have been problems with conditions in Australia before, mainly about mulesing. We do not accept mulesing and require certificates to prove all the wool is mulesing free.

If you have any questions about our Merino wool products, please do not hesitate to email us at


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