What on earth are you wearing?
In the last century, natural fibres have been replaced by synthetic fibres to a great extent. Seemingly appealing because of their low price, synthetic fibres (such as polyester, acrylic and nylon) are man-made fibres deriving from petroleum, which are non-biodegradable, non-renewable and result in toxic waste.
The production and disposal of synthetics contribute to an array of environmental problems.
Approximately 63% of textiles are derived from petrochemicals (Lenzing, 2017), with polyester being the most widely consumed synthetic fibre. Polyester production emitted about 706 billion kilograms of greenhouse gases in 2015, equivalent to the annual emissions of 185 coal-fired power plants (World Resources Institute, 2017).
It's also estimated that 1.4 quadrillion plastic microfibres are in the ocean as a result of laundering synthetic-based clothing (Ellen Macarthur Foundation, 2017).
While synthetic products may be cheap to purchase, there are hidden costs to our earth, our health and future generations. In reality, synthetics are plastic. Do we want to continue wearing plastic as clothing?
Let's wear plants, not petrochemicals!