It’s the #1 fiber in some of the most beautiful lace fabric.
It’s also the #1 fiber in our landfills, taking up to 200 years to decompose.
I will be honest, I wasn’t jumping at the thought of writing this post.
On the day I write this, it’s Fashion Revolution week. In honor of that, I thought I’d shed some light on what’s been called a more “controversial” fabric.
At the beginning of this series, I made it my goal to paint a complete picture of the pros and cons, enabling you know what you’re getting with every clothing purchase.
-easy to care for (can be machine washed and dried, doesn’t require ironing)
-resists wrinkles (very attractive to those who travel for work)
-extremely versatile and can be found in everything from clothing to home furnishings to materials for cars and airplanes
-does not absorb moisture, making it great for outdoor gear and exercise clothing
-truly endless array of available forms, everything from floaty chiffon to water repellent coats to beautiful French lace
-not biodegradable: a shirt can take up to 200 years to decompose in a landfill
-doesn’t breathe, often feels better when lined with a natural fiber (however, this hikes up the price of the garment significantly — always a tradeoff)
-derived from petroleum, whose manufacturing process is the world’s #1 pollutant
With all this being said, the number one goal of any clothing purchase is to feel good in it so we wear it — multiple times.
What’s your opinion on polyester?
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