I hate acrylic. I hate polyester. And a new goal I’ve set for myself is to never buy anything (clothing, fabric or yarn) again containing either of these two fibers. (I’m not tossing out any clothes that I already own, just not buying anything new that has synthetics)
This is not as easy as it may seem. I received strange looks at Victoria’s Secret once when I said I was looking for pajamas that weren’t polyester. I think I managed to find one cami and bottoms set in cotton and 0ne pair of shorts in silk. Everything else was synthetic.
I’m not sure if everything in this article is legit, but it might make you reconsider synthetics.
Personally, I’m not keen on the idea of wearing fabric made from chemicals and or plastic. I would much rather have a material coming from a plant (cotton, linen) or an animal (wool, silk) any day.
I like to be able to understand where my fiber comes from. But I still have trouble grasping exactly what polyester is.
For more information about the benefits of natural fibers, I recommend checking out The Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes. While it is a book geared towards knitters, there is excellent information in here on different types of fibers, where they come from and what properties they have. Even if you don’t knit, this beautifully designed and photographed book can teach you a lot about where your clothes come from.
My exception: Modal is actually made from wood. I’m still a bit confused as to how it actually works, yet I love this super-soft, cotton like fabric.
What’s your opinion on synthetics vs. natural fabrics?