Our new storage solution for your woolies! March 28, 2019 11:37
Following extensive research, we are so excited to be phasing-in a new, more environmentally friendly package/storage solution! We will be transitioning to a reusable calico bag over the next 12 months to replace our current plastic zip lock bags. In 2019 approximately 75% of our garments will be housed in calico.
Calico was selected as it is a non-protein based fibre, meaning that moths and other nasty critters are not attracted to it as a food source and therefore are not attracted to the woollens wrapped inside! The calico also allows for air flow around the garment enabling it the breathe.
The calico bag has been designed with the idea that it is kept long after you purchase your Woolerina piece to store your garment in for its entire life. The combination of these factors promote longevity and continued wearability of your Woolerina garment!
As always, we recommend that when storing your woollens you pop them away clean (to remove the human proteins which the nasties are attracted to!) and that you use a deterrent such as bay leaves or whole black peppercorns, inside the calico bag with you garment.
You can also purchase calico bags in their own right for your other Woolerina gaments/woollens here. They're available in three sizes so there's a size to fit every one of your favourite pieces!
We'd love to hear what you think of this change we're making - feel free to leave us a comment or get in touch!
Storing your Woollens for the Summer October 27, 2015 15:57 3 Comments
As the warmer weather has hit, most of us are popping our woollens away for the Summer - unless you are heading on a holiday somewhere snowy and exotic!
Many of us know (and probably because we've learnt the hard way) that little vermin like to feast on our favourite woolly clothes...and they aren't silly, your favourite pieces are often the tastiest! We have popped together a little guide to storing and caring for your Woolerina gear before you pack it to the back of the wardrobe.
Before storing wool, it should always be washed first - all Woolerina clothing is machine washable on a gentle cycle at, or below, 40'C using a wool approved detergent. We recommend our all-natural wool wash, it has a beautiful Eucalypt smell which helps to keep any nasty critters at bay.
Do not tumble dry your Woolerina garments, simply lay them flat across a clothes horse over a towel.
Use a steam iron on the wool setting (medium heat), lay the garment flat and lay a damp cotton cloth over the gament - this is important as an iron which is too hot will lead to discolouration or worst case, may leave a scorch mark.
Knitted garments should be stored flat in a folded manner, rather than on a hanger (hanging can lead to the garment stretching out of shape and the formation of bumps on the shoulders, where the hanger sits). Your woollen garments should ALWAYS be stored with a moth deterrent! We recommend natural products such as fresh bay leaves or whole black peppercorns (yes, the ones from the supermarket!). A few fresh bay leaves or mesh bag of peppercorns should be layered between your garments. Patchouli is another great deterrent - you can impregnate some oil on a cloth or cedar ball and then place this amongst your clothes. These products are completely safe to you and your garments. Should you wish to use naphthalene, always place the flakes or 'tablets' in the top of the storage area as the chemical gas they emit is heavier than air. If moths are a particular problem in your area, you can also pop your woollies into a zip-lock bag and pop them in the freezer!
I hope these four tips help to avoid any of the little critters destroying your favourite wool garments so they will be ready for next Winter.