Plastic Clothes

What if the reason you’re feeling clammy has little to do with the hot weather?

Just like Lottie, you’re probably wearing clothes made of plastic-based fabric.

 
 
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60% of the global textile production is Polyester

That means most of the clothes out there are made of this synthetic fabric.

It started in the 1970s, when commercials were targetted to women who at the time, were seen as homemakers. Polyester was marketed as the “miracle fiber” that made mundane chores like laundry and ironing clothes easier or even unnecessary.

Polyester also drastically reduced the cost of clothing — who could possibly resist a $13 pair of pants that remains pressed without the need for special care?

Today, you’re sometimes paying far more for polyester clothes and they’re not giving you the comfort you deserve.

Watch the vlog to find out more.

 
 

What they say after watching the vlog

 

“I used to buy clothes made of polyester because of its no-ironing feature until a few months back when I bought a linen dress.

I wish I gave linen a chance earlier.”

- Shayida

“Cotton and linen are breathable, extremely comfortable and don’t make my skin itch!

Also, polyester gives off a weird smell when I’m sweaty, or is that just me?”

- Farhana, it’s not just you

 
 

How to avoid plastic clothes

 

Read product labels. Make a habit to find out the fabric composition of your clothes, more on this in our Quality Guide.

If you need to wear polyester e.g sportswear, opt for recycled material. Many sportswear brands have taken the initiative to use recycled plastics instead of virgin polyester. There are also alternatives such as merino wool that offers it all — from heating and cooling, odour resistance to quick drying while being naturally renewable and biodegradable.

If you’re not ready to get rid of your existing polyester items, extend their product life. Wear it on cooler days, not when it’s hot and humid. Wash them in laundry bags to reduce abrasion and release of microplastic fibers. The longer you wear them, the longer you keep them away from the landfill.

Otherwise, be free from polyester by donating to people who needs them more than you do. We’re finical on this because charity boxes are often treated as a feel-good trash can. Only donate items in good, wearable condition so that they can be resold at thrift stores or exported to foreign markets that buy second-hand clothing.

 
 
 

It’s time to know

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