It is of course no secret to all of you that I grew up in Texel. Being raised on a biodynamic farm, I love being outside in nature. Organic food is a matter of course for me and I sincerely can't remember the day I am not in the countryside.
Nature is not only beautiful but also produces a lot of fantastic raw materials and products. One of those products is sheeps wool. Of course we all know the Texel sheep with its expressive head. The wool is strong and durable, ideal for duvets and fine carpets but a bit less to wear - it tickles a lot. If you want to wear wool, Australian Merino wool is the best, as I recently found out.
A little over a year ago I came in contact with The Woolmark Company. A non-profit cooperative that cooperates with no less than 60,000 woolgrowers from Australia. Their question to me was clear: Dorian, just try Merino wool clothes. And so, recently I tried out some Merino wool clothes and I have found myself wearing it more often. Why? Merino wool clothes have many advantages: the clothes are odour-resistant, the breathability is high and the fabric is wrinkle-resistant. Very handy if you exercise a lot and are on the road. And Merino wool looks genuinely beautiful, not unimportant to me either. In short, all advantages if you travel a lot like me, live out of a bag and secretly hate washing.
The mission of The Woolmark Company appeals to me, they argue for the use of natural fibres such as wool, one of the most environmentally conscious clothing fibres there is. The Merino wool is one hundred percent natural, renewable and biodegradable. The latter is particular very interesting. When the clothing is no longer worn, the valuable raw materials are returned to the environment without polluting the environment in which we live.
In February I spend the entire month in Australia for the World Championships. Hopefully I find the time to make a comparison with the Australian sheep farmers with those from my home town and hopefully I can even compare those Australian sheep with the ones I know from back home at Texel.