Sustainable Wool Mattresses

Wool mattress in a field with a sheep

Give yourself the Gift of a Great Night’s Sleep this Winter

With John Lewis and Waitrose announcing a partnership to bring sustainable wool mattresses to the market earlier this season, we took a closer look at the benefits of these mattresses in terms of their environmental and economical benefits, as well as their effect on the quality of sleep.

The products, priced at the upper end of the mattress market, are available in a range of sizes from single up to super king size, and are made using sustainably sourced wool from the UK sheep farmers that work with Waitrose to stock their shelves all year round. This means that the wool is not only traceable but sourced and selected with the environment in mind – elevating the value of wool which, for the past few years, has seen an immense drop in demand due to the rise of cheaper synthetic fabrics.

And that’s not all. By sourcing the materials for this new range of mattresses locally, the hope is that sheep farmers will once again earn their place in the spotlight and drive demand of UK consumers for locally sourced, sustainable products.

With that said, what are the benefits of a wool mattress, and can it really improve the quality of sleep for the user?

The Benefits of Wool Mattresses

Friendly for the environment is just one of the boxes that wool mattresses can help you to tick in your home. Besides the positive impact on your eco-conscience, wool mattresses offer a variety of other benefits including:

  • Temperature regulation, helping to warm you up when it’s cold and cool you down when your body is too hot
  • Flame retardant
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Hypoallergenic, helping to prevent problems caused by dust mites, mould, and bacteria
  • Soft but supportive, giving your body the cushioning that it needs to feel both comfortable and well supported all through the night

Because of these benefits, wool mattresses are typically popular with those buying both for themselves and for their children, including newborn babies who are unable to regulate their own body temperature at a young age, and older people who suffer from a lack of support with standard mattresses.


Pocket Spring Mattress

The Classic Sustainable Mattress Range

Waitrose wool will be used in the John Lewis Classic Wool Range and the Hypnos Luxury Handmade Collection


What to Expect from the New Range of Mattresses

The new collection of mattresses being released by John Lewis and Waitrose are sure to tick all the boxes of those looking for a sustainable solution to comfortable and supportive bedding, bringing together local farmers and the wider consumer base in a bid to raise awareness and change consumer attitudes to wool as a by-product of sheep farming.

Whether or not this move introduces wool back to the market as a valuable commodity remains to be seen, but for now we are excited to see this new generation of mattresses brought to the market by two leading brands.