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Three reasons why you should never buy polyester clothes

Did you know that polyester is the most widely used fiber in the fashion industry? This cheap fabric has become popular with the rise of fast fashion brands. It seems to be the perfect material, and right now, you’ll find many summer garments made of it. But in this article, I will give you three reasons why you should never buy polyester clothes anymore.

POLYESTER is a light fabric that, unlike linen, doesn’t crease. Because it is light and flowy, it is often used for summer blouses and dresses. As great as it may sound, polyester is, unfortunately, a “dirty” fabric for its impact on the environment.

It is not a breathable material; therefore, if you sweat, you smell, which makes sense since polyester is just one of many versions of plastic. And do you really want to walk around wrapped in plastic?

3 reasons why you should never buy polyester clothes

Reason 1: It is a synthetic material.

  • Therefore, it is not biodegradable.

Reason 2: Fossil Fuels & Greenhouse gasses.

  • Polyester (and Acrylic and Nylon) are derived from crude oil petroleum, a non-renewable natural resource.
  • They represent a considerable carbon footprint ( energy, water, and toxic dyes).

Reason 3: Releasing microplastics when washed.

  • When you wash synthetic fabrics, they release small microparticles, called microplastics, into the environment.
  • To prevent this, use a Cora Ball or Guppyfriend laundry bag (available here) for all clothes made of synthetic materials.

But if you really want to buy a garment made of polyester, look for recycled polyester. It is made by recycling old PET bottles and fishing nets.

SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVES TO POLYESTER

  • Linen
  • Hemp
  • Recycled or upcycled cotton
  • Organic and ethical silk
  • Organic and ethically produced bamboo fabric
  • Lenzing Ecovero or Lenzing Modal fabrics – find out more about them in this article.
  • Organic cotton

6 Comments
  • Tiziana
    14.05.2021

    Great post! I actually don´t buy it because I don´t like the feeling of the material on my skin 🙂
    have an awesome weekend,
    Tiziana
    http://www.tizianaolbrich.de

    • Miri
      16.05.2021

      I totally feel you. XOXO

  • Lovely
    14.05.2021

    I loved how informative this post was. I have been trying to cut down on the amount of clothes I buy, and this post reminded me that I also need to be conscious of the clothes I do buy and where they come from.
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

    • Miri
      16.05.2021

      I am glad you liked the post. XOXO

  • Emma Peach
    11.05.2021

    Really interesting and useful article. I’m buying more vintage clothing now – a lot of which is made from synthetic fibres, but it’s better than buying new.

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

  • Jennifer
    10.05.2021

    I hate polyester and if I do buy something, I make sure it’s recycled. I also use my guppyfriend.

    Jennifer
    Curated By Jennifer

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