Step 4. Natural vs Synthetic Fibres
Curious about what's in your clothing? Is it good for you and our planet?
Given the increased usage by fashion brands of synthetic fibres in our clothing, today it is estimated that 60-70% of our clothing is made from synthetic fibres.
Synthetic fibres are man-made and derived from fossil fuels. They are both a non renewable resource and non biodegradeable. Creating a heavy burden on our planet. Each time we wash our clothing synthetic fibres release microplastics into our washing machines and in turn our oceans, food systems and now researchers have found microplastics in human bodies.
Natural fibres on the other hand are derived from plant and animal fibres. e.g. linen, cotton, wool, bamboo and new bio fibres are being innovated and made into clothing. 100% natural fabrics are both a renewable resource, biodegradable and good for people and our planet. Benefits of different 100% natural fabrics, include: allows our body / skin to breathe, moisture-wicking, insulating, temperature-regulating, odour-resistant and some are even hypoallergenic.
Social, Environmental & Economic Impact:
- 100% Natural fabrics are good for both people and our planet. They are both a renewable resource and biodegradable.
- Consider reducing the use of synthetic fibres for the wellness of people & our planet.