lavalan® is a highly functional wool filling completely made from renewable raw materials, European sourced virgin wool and a corn based synthetic fibre called polylactic acid (PLA).
The name lavalan® is derived from the Latin term ‘washable wool’. So, machine washability on the gentle wool cycle and with wool detergent is a given. All lavalan products pass through a thermal bonding process during manufacturing. The PLA connects the wool fibres on countless spots and creates a long-lasting, robust but at the same time soft and comfortable fiberfill for all kinds of textiles and bedding products.
At the end of its lifecycle our filling doesn’t turn into waste because our wool insulation in a row is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable.
In order to match the distinctive requirements for various fields of application (e.g. workwear, active wear, gloves, skiwear, etc.), lavalan® has been developed in different weight categories and qualities: lavalan® sport, lavalan® plus, lavalan® pro, lavalan® stretch and for bedding.
lavalan® sport is our standard insulation product, which various apparel and textile brands already appreciate and trust in.
lavalan sport comes with the highest portion of wool fibers within the lavalan product family (85% average) which results in our most functional wadding. The higher the part of virgin wool the better our nonwovens perform in the areas of insulation, temperature regulation, moisture management and odour resistance.
Moreover, lavalan sport provides a nice loft and puffiness due to its sophisticated manufacturing process and the crimp of the wool fiber. Still, the thermal bonding of the wool fibers makes lavalan sport a strong, long lasting and ‘easy-care’ filling for all kinds of fashion and outdoor garments, like active & mountaineering apparel, ski & bike wear, sleeping bags, etc.
lavalan sport can be ordered in a wide range of weight categories. It is available from 40g/m2 for light padded summer garments up to 250g/m2 for very puffy winter jackets and parkas.
For fashion and outdoor: lavalan® sport dark brown
Our wool insulation also comes in a dark brown version. It is mainly used in order to avoid undesired see-through effects in case of translucent shell fabrics. No need to mention that brands aiming for a pop of luxury appeal also tend to use the dark brown colour version.
lavalan® plus has been developed with a slightly lower portion of virgin wool versus lavalan sport (average 75%). This ends up in a more durable and abrasion resistant padding, reaching almost the same loft and functionality. lavalan® plus is particularly used in winter, touring and skiing gloves. Human’s perspiration in the hand area is strong which quite often leads to condensation and to cold hands.
Cozy warmth in wool
Blind tests in the field have revealed that lavalan padded gloves prevent from a condensation since moisture vapour is drawn quickly and transported to the outside of the glove. This enhanced moisture regulation keeps your hands warmer for longer even during altering activity levels or changing weather conditions.
lavalan® pro is stronger and more durable than lavalan sport due to its higher portion of PLA and due to its manufacturing process. In addition to the thermal bonding the nonwoven is needled flat which results in a denser and more abrasion resistant wadding. It's recommended for example in workwear or skipants.
A well thought slotting process makes lavalan® stretch the woolen filling alternative for all products that require additional freedom of movement. After the thermal bonding, lavalan stretch passes through a sophisticated slotting process which adds further elasticity to the filling without using elastane, spandex or similar man-made fibres.
stretch for more freedom of movement
A little higher portion of PLA makes lavalan® stretch still a robust and durable wadding that generates a high degree of wearing comfort and that perfectly works in all areas with an extra need for mobility, e. g. in skiwear, or in elbow/knee/shoulder areas.
Human beings spend about a third of their lives asleep. Whether we recover and recharge our batteries for the next day depends on many factors. The sleeping environment, the temperature and of course the bed play an important role. But one of the most important factors is the bedding that surrounds us. Their material, the softness set the standards for good dreams. Research recently revealed that sleeping in wool contributes to a longer and deeper sleep and thus may be a vital aspect in the health and wellbeing of humans.
There are two different qualities for bedding:
- lavalan® soft combines extraordinary snugness and loft with all the benefits of the finest European virgin wool fibers. The natural antibacterial properties of wool, along with its inherent ability to regulate both temperature and moisture, create the best possible conditions for a healthy natural night’s sleep. This makes lavalan soft the perfect filling for duvets and mattress protectors.
- lavalan® classic is made from coarser wool qualities providing a more dimensionally stable, abrasion resistant and long lasting fibrefill that excellently works for mattresses or mattress toppers. A mattress filled with lavalan classic may round out your “sleeping-in-wool” experience for a comfortable night and a well-rested next morning.