I've been searching for the best Merino wool shirt and I think I've found it. I got this red t-shirt from our friends at Unbound Merino earlier this year, and I love it! Let me tell you why:
After learning about the volume and impact of synthetic fibers in our textiles (microplastics), I've been a lot more mindful about what materials are used in my clothing. So when I wanted to add some new shirts to my wardrobe earlier this year I spent time researching options to support companies that work to offer more sustainable options.
At Asterlark we're obviously big fans at of Merino wool as a sustainable textile option, as it's organic and renewable. Unbound Merino is dedicated to using the best Merino wool in their lineup and it's ethically sourced. In fact, this t-shirt is 100% Merino.
While we love Merino as an option for the home, there are additional benefits of Merino clothing:
- Weight and Feel - Like cotton, it's lightweight at soft.
- Breathable - It's breathable, so it's a really versatile fiber for both cooler weather and hot weather. I've worn this in 96 degree weather and it's not any hotter than wearing cotton. And...
- Wicking - It's also moisture wicking. Wool can absorb up to a third of its own weight in moisture, while still feeling dry. I've worn in a 90 degree weather for multiple days and you know what? I haven't needed to wash it!
- Antibacterial and Odor Resistant - This is crazy, I've worn this shirt like 25 times so far, sometimes in really hot conditions, all I do is hang it up at the end of the day, it's good to go!
FastCompany had a profile on Unbound Merino earlier this year, pointing out that the next big thing in fashion was not having to wash your clothes.
- Cut slim, so it fits perfectly.
- The slight color variation in the red color is really attractive.
- V-neck! I prefer v-necks over crew necks, and honestly, there's not a lot of 100% Merino options if you do too. If you don't, Unbound sells crew necks too! ;)
The Perfect Travel Gear?!
We're headed to Costa Rica this December for our 10 year anniversary. We're light travelers already, bringing only a carry-on for multiple week trips abroad. For my shirts on this trip I'm only planning to bring two unbound Merino t-shirts, and one long-sleeve shirt. My backpack is going to be even lighter than ever!