Are synthetic materials good or bad?
As we researched more about plastic-based fibers AKA synthetic fibers, we learned they were not only far less sustainable than natural fibers, but they also performed far worse. Compared to the protein-based fibers AKA wool fibers we use in our sweaters, khullu and merino, synthetics are poor thermoregulators and trap odor.
HOW ARE SYNTHETIC MATERIALS MADE?
Synthetic materials are made by forcing crude-oil-based plastic polymers through tiny holes to create a thread, which is twisted into a yarn used to make clothing. Synthetic materials such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, spandex, and lycra make up 60% of the world's production of yarn fiber.
ARE SYNTHETIC MATERIALS sustainable?
Compared to natural fibers synthetic fibers are far less sustainable, consuming 342 million barrels of oil and releasing 8,000,000 tons of plastic into the ocean every year.
📸 by PBS