Product Comparison Compare Wool to Synthetics

Whether you’re building to LEED Platinum standards, or simply trying to reduce your carbon footprint on your home remodel, Oregon Shepherd’s blown-in wool or wool batting products will help keep your project clean and green.  To prove it, we’ve compiled this handy comparison chart showing the benefits of all natural wool over traditional synthetics/fiberglass:

Recyclable Yes Not currently; can be reused, but there are no facilities for recycling
Renewable Yes No (but some brands use portions of recycled glass)
Low embodied energy Yes No
Safe to install Yes Requires protective clothing
Biodegradable Yes No
High natural content Yes No
Emissions None Manufacturing process can emit chlorides and fluorides, as well as various particulates and solvents; burning insulation emits toxic fumes
Breathes Yes No
Condensation Wool actively absorbs and desorbs moisture, preventing condensation Synthetic fibers do not absorb/desorb moisture.
Non-combustible Yes Yes, but may emit harmful gases at high temperatures
Appraised Yes Yes (various levels of approval depending on product)
Fire resistant Yes Yes, but relies on toxic petrochemical additives
Pest resistant Yes Yes, but relies on toxic petrochemical additives