5 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Wearing Polyester.
Polyester is one of the worst fabrics for the environment and your body.
Know what you’re putting on your body. Polyester is one of the most polluting fabrics out there.
Polyester is a plastic-like material made from coal, oil, and water. It’s made in a lab and is used to create many things such as home furnishing, seatbelts, tents, and the cover stock for diapers. Because it’s mass-produced it has become a cheap material to buy.
Somehow, polyester has snuck it’s way into fashion. You might have noticed that a lot of apparel is made with polyester. Manufacturers say adding in this chemically-created material makes your shirt feel stronger, however that is not always the case. As “Money After Graduation” puts it in her Frugal Fashion blog: “Polyester is tricky like that: it makes you think it’s something it’s not”. We’re going to give you 5 reasons on why you should avoid wearing polyester clothes.
- While Polyester feels strong, it’s unbearable to wear. There is no breathability in the fabric, the unnatural chemicals are not made for constant human contact. Manufactures love to use polyester because it’s cheap, thus putting all the cost on the customers who suffer and sweat in this sticky material that’s supposed to be cool and refreshing.
- Polyester is advertised as being wrinkle-free, but due to the harsh chemicals that go into making these clothes, polyester is not only hard but can be disastrous on sensitive skin. The chemicals can be rough on skin and lead to rashes. Wear organic cotton instead for a fabric that is great for the environment and soft on the skin.
- Polyester emits a huge amount of waste into the earth. We already know plastic is super harmful. When polyester breaks down it can only be reduced into microplastics which stays, non-biodegradable, in our oceans, land, and water.
- 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.
- Polyester doesn’t last long. On top of all the other cons of using polyester, it doesn’t even have a long shelf life. After a few wears, you’ll find your dress or shirt starting to fade and even tear. It’s just not worth the risk to the environment, and your money.
- With a whole new wave of industries catered to organic wear, you’ll find a lot more natural options for your clothes. Just be sure it’s not blended with any polyester, 100% natural and organic is the only way to be sure the process is safe for the environment and your body!
We give out free fabric swatches so you can feel the difference between a polyester shirt and 100% natural and organic fabrics. Check out our free fabric swatches here.
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