FAQ

FAQ around Weighted Blankets:

What are weighted blankets?

Weighted blankets are also called heavy blankets or therapy blankets. At 2-12 kg they are first and foremost - well - heavy. Weighted blankets have long been used against stress and sleep disorders in the clinical field. Now many are discovering: heavy blankets are a treat for everyone at home.

How do weighted blankets help?

Remember your childhood - the feeling of being really comfortable under the big, heavy blanket.It felt a bit like a hug.Nicely wrapped up and comfortably protected, you quickly arrive in the land of dreams.A weighted blanket also works in the same way.The evenly distributed weight simulates a pleasant hug.Some studies have already confirmed this.The sleep quality was noticeably improved in the test subjects!But the blanket also had a positive effect on many participants during the day.Still skeptical?Of course, the scientific approach to better rest is not that easy - either you are under a weighted blanket or you are not, which makes the comparison very difficult.But as long as there are thousands of better sleepers and happy customer reviews to read, that should be enough for us.And personally we sleep and relax better with our blanket, Noé.

 

How do weighted blankets work?

The so-called "deep-pressure touch" is key. The weight ensures that the person's body naturally begins to produce two hormones (neurotransmitters) that contribute to relaxation and happiness. Serotonin (= happiness hormone) and Melatonin (= fatigue hormone) are released. At the same time, the deep pressure helps to lower the production of the stress hormone cortisol. All natural. Cool, huh? 

 

Why does weight affect us so positively?

It unconsciously reminds us of the time we were held in our mother's arms or when we were hugged. In these situations, the same hormones are released that calm us down. Less stress, more relaxation.

 

How and when do you use a therapy blanket?

 

Here you can get creative! The blankets can be used not only for sleeping, but also for afternoon nap, reading, meditating, working, making coffee on cold days, hiding from nightmares and who knows, maybe even to keep warm before the relaxation bath is embedded.

Wool & Production

Why Merino Wool? 

So many reasons: Due to its characteristics, wool is still the most popular fibre in clothing. It gives breathability to garments, allowing the exchange of air. Its thermoregulation properties keep the body cozy warm in winter and cool in summer. It absorbs moisture then releases it in the air and is less susceptible to mould. Lastly, and most importantly: it is recyclable, reusable and biodegradable.

Where is your Merino Wool made?

All our wool is mostly hand-crafted in Italy at a third-generation, family-owned business in a small mountain village. The two brother owners, Luca and Matteo, run everything on renewable energy through solar panels on the roof.Each meter of wool is hand-finished by a small but skilled finishing team. Luca and Matteo pride themselves on the great working conditions and employ mainly people from the surrounding villages.


How about the production process - isn't that taking up a lot of resources?

The purification and recovery plant at the wool mill, together with next generation machinery, reduces water consumption by over 30,000 cubic metres per year and results in water consumption of less than .05 cubic metres for every metre of fabric produced. The same commitment is applied to other resources. Long conscious of the need to limit chemical agents, and convinced that industry and nature can coexist, the wool mill follows the principles of the ZDHC protocol and its vision for a production with Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals. This direct supervision of the various stages of processing is the only way sustainability and product quality can be guaranteed simultaneously.

Are your sheep happy sheep?

Yes! The Green Trace symbol guarantees the provenance of wool from monitored farms. Suppliers must comply with animal welfare laws and the Five Freedoms outlined by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: freedom from hunger or thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury or disease; freedom to express normal behaviour; and freedom from fear and distress.

Ensuring all the sheep are humanely treated, well fed, live natural and have healthy lives, and are not subjected to mulesing. You can read more information about animal welfare here: https://www.discoverzq.com/animal-welfare

Does the shearing process hurt the sheep?

The fibre from sheep is harvested through a process, it is called shearing. Most of us already experienced this ourselves - it's like getting the "number 5" haircut. Those that shear, the shearers, are highly skilled professionals with traditionally a sense of pride for their profession. They leave a good covering of wool on the sheep, to keep them warm. Machine shears are the most popular tool for shearing, as they are fast and efficient, for minimal stress on the animal.  

Are your sheep mulesed?

We have a strict no mulesing policy. For those that don’t know, mulesing is an often painful, surgical procedure that removes a section of skin from the sheep to reduce the risk of attack by flies. 

Sustainability @KNUS

Why do you plant mangrove trees?

We plant a mangrove tree per each and every order, through a vetted third party agency. Why? Studies indicate that, mangroves can sequester four times more carbon than rainforests can but are facing extinction. Mangroves provide a slew of benefits in addition to storing carbon, reducing flooding and erosion from storms, acting as nurseries for fish, and filtering pollutants from water. Research indicates at least 35 percent of the world’s mangrove forests may have been lost between 1980 and 2000. Mangroves are deforested for many reasons, including to make room for shrimp farms and other forms of aquaculture, as well as for their wood.

 

Care Instructions:

How do I wash/care for my blanket?

The good news is that Merino wool products require very little washing as they have self-cleaning properties due to the keratin in the wool that breaks down bacteria. When the time does come to give your blanket a clean, we recommend gently hand washing in cold water using wool friendly washing liquids or a bio detergent, as some machines are quite aggressive (even on wool programmes). So there is no need to dry clean! If you decide to wash your blanket in the washing machine, please ensure the loading capacity is sufficient. 

Noé will last for years with the right care.

Wash cold (30ºC) by hand and machine. Use wool care products.

Please do not turn on the spin cycle and leave the iron off.