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  1. How to care for your Devon Duvets wool duvet

    How to look after your wool bedding

    Although we do give care instructions on our website, we often hear from customers who want to chat to us about their wool duvets and asking how they can put as much love into taking care of them as we do in making them!

    We thought it would be a good idea to talk about that here, in our blog, and also pass on some helpful information and advice.

    Your Devon Duvets certified 100% British wool duvet is individually handcrafted by our talented seamstresses and only using high quality materials. As with any high quality wool product, it does need some extra TLC - but it is worth it to ensure that your investment in night after night of healthy sleep lasts as long as possible.

    We only ever use certified 100% British wool in our duvets because we are committed to supporting British farmers - and the British wool we’ve selected is of excellent quality. This wool is carefully washed (known as ‘scouring’) in British mills without the use of bleach or chemicals, so it remains 100% natural. After the mill then needles the wool to create soft fluffy layers, it is brought to our workshops where our seamstresses can cut and encase it in beautifully soft, 260 thread count 100% cotton.

    Wool is a wonderful fibre and is naturally hypo allergenic and hygienic as it is resistant to dust mites and the build-up of micro bacteria. As a result, it doesn’t need washing very often and, in fact, the less you wash it the better the wool fibres will perform. Your duvet can be kept fresh by regular airing and this can be done whenever you change your bedlinen but at least once every few weeks. Hang the duvet up on a line outside if the weather is dry, but if not, then over a clothes airer, top of your bedroom door or the back of a chair near an open window for a few hours will do the trick!

    If there is a need to wash your wool duvet, then here are our top Do’s and Don’ts to make sure it stays as soft and snuggly as possible:

    • DO use only a 30 d
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  2. From Sheep to Sleep

    From the sheep all the way to providing you with a better night’s sleep - then let us fill you in.

    We’re proud to say that our award-winning certified 100% British wool duvets are handcrafted here in the beautiful county of Devon. If you’ve ever wondered about the journey that our wool goes on - from the sheep all the way to providing you with a better night’s sleep - then let us fill you in.

    Our wool only ever comes from live sheep bred by British farmers and we only accept wool that has been shorn during the spring and summer. This is when the sheep require shearing to keep them cool and happy during the warmer temperatures. All of our wool is certified by British Wool so we know we’re helping to support British farmers.

    The wool is then scoured in British mills, without using any chemicals or bleaches, to ensure that all of the natural properties are left intact. This means that when you snuggle up at night in our bedding, you can be confident that it’s just as nature intended and kinder on your skin.

    Next is a process called ‘needling’, where the wool is needled into soft layers to create lots of loft, trapping air and creating a gorgeous filling that is naturally temperature regulating and breathable. We have developed our own unique and special way of needling to deliver the highest standard of wool bedding. Needling also ensures a consistent thickness and that the duvet won’t “clump” with use.

    After that, it’s our seamstresses time to shine and they lovingly handcraft each and every duvet, encasing the wool in 100% natural cotton. When our seamstresses finish each duvet, they include a handwritten card with their name on, so you’ll know exactly who’s made yours.

    We then carefully pack our duvets into our reusable packaging, tucking in a small sachet of English lavender for your linen cupboard. Our free next day delivery allows you to snuggle up in comfort and enjoy the benefits of our naturally breathable and temperature regulating British wool duvets without delay

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  3. Why we support British farmers by buying 100% British wool for our products

    Why we support British farmers by buying 100% British wool for our products

    Our thousands of happy customers know that we are committed to responsible sourcing when it comes to our wool bedding products. Some of our customers ask how we ensure that our wool comes from farms where the highest animal welfare standards are followed.

    The answer is that 100% of the wool we use is British wool and British sheep are some of the best cared for sheep in the world. In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the government department responsible for many standards to do with environmental protection, food production and animal welfare. They exercise very strict controls over farmers and often visit unannounced to inspect animals in their care. Any farmer not considered to be upholding these standards would be banned from keeping sheep.

    Additionally, in Britain, the practice of ‘mulesing’ is a banned and illegal practice, whereas in many countries this is normal. By purchasing British wool, we are not only supporting British farmers, which is very important to us, but we also have the assurance that the sheep have not had to undergo this unnecessary and often painful practice. 

    British Wool is the organisation that works with British farmers, setting the standards for wool quality through their comprehensive grading system. They are also the approved provider for shearing and wool handling training in the UK, with a programme of courses that are recognised across the world and which are led by a team of registered, highly experienced instructors. At Devon Duvets, we only ever accept wool from live sheep that have been shorn in the Spring or Summer, when the sheep naturally need to lose their heavy fleeces.

    So, by purchasing one of our products made from 100% British wool that has been certified by the British Wool organisation, you can be confident that you are buying a high-quality product that comes from an animal that has been ethically treat

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