Climate Beneficial Wooly Bolus Pieces for Stuffing Pillows

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We are proud to offer our customers Wooly Bolus pieces grown and processed in the US on farms that are reducing their carbon footprint. By employing carbon farming practices such as rotational grazing, our sheep farms are sequestering carbon back into the soil and healing the earth.  The farms also agree to EcoWool practices - a commitment to growing high quality wool in a thoughtful and sustainable manner (more on that below).

Wooly Bolus pieces are small, felted pieces of wool that are obtained when the carding machines used to make batting work backwards.  It creates felted pieces of wool that tend to stay separated and retain their loft when used in pillows. We sell the bolus pieces by the pound.  Each pound is $34.  For more than one pound, shipping will be combined and your actual shipping will be charged.  Any shipping overage will be refunded.

This premium wool can be used to make your own pillows. The Wool Bolus will come compressed - you will need to pull the bolus pieces apart to fluff them up before adding them to a pillow.  Any zippered pillow cover can be used to create your Wooly Bolus pillow or you can purchase our own pillow case made from organic cotton muslin fabric with a zipper closure.  Our pillows are made for us at ARC Herkimer, a not-for-profit that provides job training programs, housing and supportive services for people with developmental disabilities. We use 2 pounds of wooly bolus pieces to stuff a standard size (20"x26") pillow.  Queen size uses 3 pounds and king size will need about 4 pounds. You can purchase a pillow cover here:

Why use wool?  Wool breathes and absorbs moisture from the air, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer, which is one of its amazing attributes that contributes to better sleeping. This amazing natural heating and cooling system keeps the humidity level low in your pillow which also helps keep out dust mites.  Dust mites seek warm and moist environments, which they don't find in wool.  Wool's microscopic bristles also resist germs and bacteria, making wool a natural anti-microbial and anti-bacterial fiber.  Plus wool fiber is naturally fire resistant due to an inner core of moisture, ensuring a safe sleeping environment without the use of fire retardant chemicals.

Our Wooly Bolus comes from The Wool Gatherer Carding Mill, a carding mill in California that was created to support local sheep ranches. The mill operates one of the oldest carding machines in the country that was originally used to card wool for yarn and is able to remove any vegetable matter in the wool.  The end product is very clean and without debris.

The farms providing their wool to the mill also adhere to these EcoWool standards:

  • Proper Grazing Methods: Growers rotate sheep to different pastures to allow vegetation to recover from grazing. Proper grazing techniques reduce soil erosion, create higher quality wool, and reduce the risk of sheep acquiring internal parasites.
  • Predator-Friendly: Growers are encouraged to use trained sheep dogs and the inclusion of other larger animals such as llamas to protect their flocks from predators rather than trapping, poisoning or shooting them. Predators play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems.
  • Healthy Veterinary Practices: Only certain kinds of medications and supplements can be used to treat our sheep. Generally, sheep raised in open pastures are healthier and require less veterinary care.
  • Chemical Control: Herbicides and pesticides are not sprayed on fields where sheep are grazing. The mill spot tests the wool to determine if wool has been in contact with harmful chemicals. 
  • Skirting: Skirting is the process of removing less desirable wool from the belly and rear of the sheep. The wool is skirted at the time of shearing and checked again at the washing facility. 

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