“Is using wool for insulation really a new thing?”
Seems intuitive to us that the answer would be a resounding NO. However, we get the question a lot so here’s a quick effort to dispel the misconception.
For a bit of context, and in fairness, we hear that the internet creates ‘too much information’ and therefore it is hard to know what is right and what is marketing.
Fast Wool Facts
The first sheep were domesticated somewhere between 11000 and 9000 BC. That is a long time ago! The piece, here, goes on to site ‘wooly’ sheep waited until around 6000 BC to be introduced so their fibers could be traded among the Persians.
Owens Corning was founded in 1938. It was predated by Corning, founded in 1851.
As a baseline we are talking about nature’s factory being some 7,851 years ahead of Owens Corning’s R&D department.
Ideally this clears any questions or concerns concerning wool for insulation and its longevity. Nevertheless, we’re always happy to argue the merits of product integrity; in fact, we rather sort of enjoy easy wins. For those of you concerned about a ‘new’ product please note wool has been evolving as an insulator for 1000s of years.
Fiberglass products, on the other hand, have been racing to the bottom of the integrity spectrum to appease shareholders at the expense of those who make it, install it and live with it for a comparative blip on the timescale.
Synthetics either don’t work or don’t last, or both which is why we enjoy pointing out that #naturedoesitbetter.
There are options folks; nature has never had a marketing department and with the internet really doesn’t need one.