The first episode of our vlog series shows what the material that's dominating the global textile production really is, how it's weaved into our lives and why we need to consider another choice.
Wear polyester deliberately, not casually.
This scientific innovation may be useful for speciality applications like raincoats but seriously, we don’t need to wear plastic every day. After watching the vlog, Shayida shared:
“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. It’s more comfortable, I don’t feel annoyed and yucky as compared to when I was wearing polyester. I used to head home as soon as possible to change out of my clothes.”
Polyester will outlive you.
Sure, it may not show signs of wear and tear the way natural fabrics do but that’s because polyester won't disintegrate ever and continue to contribute to textile waste for hundreds of years. On top of that, since these polyester clothes promise “easy care”, we carelessly throw them into the washing machine and contribute to microplastic pollution.
Let quality, long-lasting natural fabrics weave into your life instead of cheap, discardable synthetics. Feel the difference on your skin when you treat it with breathable Earth clothes and in your wallet when you buy quality and only need a few of them.
Read product labels. Make a habit of reading the labels to find out what the fabric composition is, ensuring it’s 100% linen or cotton.
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 we’ve seen charity drop-off being 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. But don’t make donating clothes a habit, instead avoid having the need to unload the wardrobe altogether by buying better and buying less because the reality of donated and discarded clothes isn’t pretty.