by Karen

It appears everything’s made of polyester these days.  Roaming about The Grove in LA with my sister, I followed her into ASOS. As two professionals in our late twenties/early thirties, we are both trying to polish our wardrobes with sleek and expensive looks. However, we were both a little surprised by how much polyester was on the racks. I’m not a fan of fast-fashion, obviously, but when exploring big retailers, a way to navigate through the ambiguity of what is or isn’t green is to check what clothing is made of (literally). Some of my favorite examples of sustainable fabrics include organic cotton, tencel, hemp and bamboo, which are popping up more and more. I have an infatuation with natural textiles – they feel so soft and earthy on the skin—but there’s something so practical about polyester which always made me sidestep and question what really makes something sustainable.

Polyester can be Sustainable

The thing about polyester is that it lasts basically forever – which yes, is a complete contradiction to what sustainability is all about. However, polyester doesn’t fade, pill, or wear out how some natural fibers can. I have 100% polyester button-downs from when I was a teenager which I usually wear over a cotton camisole. I’ve washed these button downs probably 50-100 times, but they are as vibrant and new-looking as ever. For that, I understand the upsides to poly, which is why I am weirdly optimistic about the potential and realistic outlook towards recycled polyester, or R-PET.

 

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