Disclaimer: The Baavet Duvet was provided to me free for my honest, unbiased review and as always, all opinions, words and images are my own. I only work with brands I really like and think you’ll love too.
Searching for a natural fibre duvet
If you’ve been following my Blog for a while, you’ll know that last year we bought a Camper Van, “Gracie”, with the intention of doing more travelling now that I’m retired.
We’ve been slowly kitting out the Van and trying to be as Zero Waste as possible and making sure that when we do by things for the Van that we follow the ethos of “Buy Me Once”.
One of the items on our list was a duvet. When I started researching which Duvet to buy, I was looking for a natural fibre one and I stumbled across Baavet Wool Duvets. From the description they sounded perfect for the Van being both light yet warm.
The Story Behind Baavet
Roger and Lesley moved to North Wales nearly 20 years ago and bought a traditional hill sheep and cattle farm in the Snowdonia National Park. The farm is only 60 acres and it wasn’t big enough to make a living, so we have always had to diversify.
In May 2009 when on drive to visit friends they had the following conversion:
Lesley said, “Come on then what do you want to do next on,”
“I really don’t know,” I replied, “but it will probably have to be something to do with wool because wool has no value”
Then I was suddenly hit by a bolt of lightning on my Damascus road.
“Let’s reinvent the wool blanket,” I blurted out.
“What kind of wool blanket?” asked my wife?
“Oh I don’t know.” I replied. But then added, “Let’s stuff wool into a duvet”
“What?” she said, “You can’t stuff wool into a duvet and if you could no one would buy it because wool sounds heavy, itchy, and old fashioned like your grannies blanket.”
Just at that moment the same bolt of lightning came round for a second time and hit Lesley squarely between the eyes and she blurted out.
“But if you can stuff wool into a duvet we would have to call it something else…
“We’ll have to call it a Baa…vet!”
And, that is how the idea for the Baavet Wool Duvet started. It took a couple of years with a few ups and downs before they went into production but now, they are going from strength to strength.
The Benefits of Wool
Wool is the perfect filling for a duvet as it has so many great benefits, here are the main ones:
- Breathability – Wool’s inherent breathability and moisture-wicking properties help regulate body temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
- Natural – Wool is 100% natural
- Dust Mite Resistant – Wool is a great choice if dust mites concern you. Wool fibres wick away moisture, creating a low-humidity microclimate inhospitable to dust mites.
- Anti-Microbial and Anti-Bacterial – Wool resists bacteria and is both antimicrobial and antibacterial.
- Naturally Fire Resistant – Wool is inherently fire resistant, providing a safe sleep environment without the need for chemical additives.
- Renewable – Sheep grow a new coat of wool every year and are not harmed during shearing. It’s like getting a haircut.
- Sustainable – Wool is a sustainable product.
- Long Lasting – With proper care, your wool bedding can last for decades.
Review of Baavet Duvet
The Baavet Duvet comes in a choice of four weights, Super Light, Light, Medium and Winter. The Duvets also come in a wide range of sizes from a Single up to a Super King Size and are priced from £90 to £182. They also have a Bargain Box which is worth checking out.
As we wanted a Duvet to use in the camper van in all weathers, we chose the Medium weight.
The medium weight wool duvet is filled with 400-450gms of wool per m/2. Similar to 8-10 tog rating.
I love that the Baavet Duvets are made in the UK and they also guarantee that they are made from 100% British Wool. The Duvets are made from 100% natural fibres with the casings being made from 100% cotton, so they won’t be shedding any nasty microfibres.
Our Baavet Duvet came packaged in a cardboard box and inside it was wrapped in a plastic bag. The plastic can be recycled but I have fed back to Roger and Lesley about the possibility of removing the plastic wrapping to make it that little bit eco-friendlier.
The first thing I noticed about the Duvet when I removed it from the box was how light it was. I must admit I was a little worried it wouldn’t be warm enough for our trip to Scotland in April.
However, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
We tested the Duvet out during a week in Scotland where we had a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures. The weather went from being 24 degrees one day to 10 degrees the next!
Our trip took us from Oxfordshire up the West Coast of Scotland as far as Bettyhill and we covered more than a 1000 miles over 7 days.
The Duvet was perfect, it wasn’t too heavy, but it was warm and snuggly. Neither Mr J or I overheated or were too cold even when there was a gale force wind battering Gracie when we were at Sango Sands at the very top of Scotland.
The Baavet Duvet gets a big thumbs up from us and I’m looking forward to many more nights snuggled under it in Gracie