For people not directly involved in the industry, it may be easy to not think about fabric deeply. Many people probably don’t. But, what if we did? What if we really started thinking about how the elements in certain fabric can be affecting our environment and ourselves. We could make our world cleaner, safer, and protect our bodies from chemicals we are ingesting – a good start, would be digging deeper on polyester.
Polyester is one of the most common synthetic fabrics on the market because not only it is easy to access, it is cheap to buy. It is this fabric that is the staple in so many fast fashion manufactures.
Ryan Kh author of “The Terrifying Effect of Polyester on the Environment and Our Health” (2020), explains the impact that polyester has on our environment, directly impacting fossil fuel usage, decomposition, and plastic pollution. Kh (2020) encourages readers to be conscious of what they are buying, explaining when consumers have a better idea of how their purchases are slowing destroying the planet, they may be more willing to choose a more eco-friendly option.
(To read more of Ryan Kh’s article visit: https://blueandgreentomorrow.com/environment/terrifying-effects-of-polyester-on-environment-health/)
Some safe, eco-friendly fabric alternatives one should consider could be hemp, Tencel, and/or flax. Another way to shop smarter is to do research on eco-friendly, or green, stores/shops rather then just shopping out of convenience and searching for the cheapest price. Taking small steps to help preserve the planet can make a huge impact in the long run.