If you've ever looked at the fabric label on your clothes, you've probably seen the word polyester. Polyester is a man-made plastic-like material made from coal, oil, and water, It's used to create many things from carpets, home furnishings, to seat belts. Manufacturers love to use polyester because it is cheap to buy, but unfortunately, polyester is one of the worst fabrics for the environment and your body.
Here are 4 reasons you should avoid polyester and other synthetic fabrics -
1) It's not breathable
Anyone who's worn polyester on a hot summer day is probably well aware of that. Man-made fabrics like polyester, rayon, acrylic, acetate, and nylon are treated with thousands of harmful toxic chemicals during production, and these chemicals have low moisture absorption..thus putting all the cost on the consumers who suffer and sweat in this sticky material.
2) #1 Fabric to Avoid for Your Skin
The harmful toxic chemicals used during production easily penetrate the skin which can cause skin rashes or infection. The fabric also traps odors, which can create an unpleasant environment for smelly bacteria to grow. Even if it's a poly blend, you might still experience the same reactions.
3) It's flammable
On its own, polyester is highly flammable, so care needs to be taken, especially if wearing or using 100% polyester near an open flame.
4) Harmful to the environment
Just creating polyester takes about 70 million barrels of oil. And this is just for the polyester that is used for fabric. That’s a lot of carbon. But also, when polyester breaks down it can only be reduced into microplastics which stays, non-biodegradable, in our oceans, land, and water.
Buying clothing that’s uncomfortable to wear can be costly and time-consuming! Good quality clothes are worth the price tag. Not only will the keep you comfortable, they fit well and will stand the test of time. That's why we're committed to making clothing from eco-friendly, sustainable fabrics :) They're better for you and the environment!