If you missed part 1 of our Fabric Lowdown by Jewelz pop over and have a quick read. Because you don’t want to miss out on a little back story about Jewelz and her first lowdown on Bamboo and Viscose. We continue our fabric lowdown with Jewelz shedding some light on a couple of man-made fibres. Remember at the end of the day Jewelz’s is a fan of vintage but if you’re buying new or looking at developing a sustainable or ethical brand then some of her thoughts on fibres/fabric are differently worth a reading.
Many people will know and wear acrylic from knits and fabrics in jumpers, cardigans, tracksuits, and shoe linings. Acrylic fibres are made from Synthetic polymer, this means that acrylic is a fossil fuel-based fibre being made from either petroleum or coal-based chemicals. In the last 20 years, we have seen an increase of acrylic in the fashion industry replacing what would have once been wool or other natural fibres. Unfortunately, whilst acrylic knit garments may last a long time, they may lose their shape quickly and have been known to pill easily. Acrylic is not biodegradable and in some instances, the chemicals used in acrylic can be harmful to both workers making or handling acrylic fabrics & garments and to the people who are wearing them. Acrylic can be much easier to wash & dry than some natural fibres such as wool or cashmere. Acrylic is generally much cheaper than natural fibres hence why we have seen a rise in its use in fashion. Acrylic is not by any means considered to be a sustainable fibre or textile. I personally have never been a fan of acrylic clothing. Mostly because it makes me sweaty, but not necessarily warm.
Here’s the “T” about hanging with your besties Poly&Ester… we all undoubtedly have polyester in our wardrobes. And over the years I have accumulated more than my fair share of manmade fabrics. But to be honest it is not that great for us or the planet. Every time we wash polyester microfibres break away into our water. Polyester is not at all biodegradable and so when thrown into landfill it will not break down. I choose now not to buy polyester or any other quality of fabric or clothing that is not natural. It is a choice that is not simply better for the environment but better for my body too. I always considered wearing plastic-based materials as being like wearing a plastic bag. Natural fibres allow our skin to breathe. Fabrics like cotton, silk, or wool are all-around better for us & the planet. In fact, I recently advised a friend that I won’t pay for anything that isn’t at least 50% natural fibres. But even that can be hard to find. Sourcing fair trade, organic, slow fashion is the best for us all, but for now, we can just focus on moving away from chemical-based fabrics and favor eco-based fabric & clothing choices.
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