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Friday, June 30, 2023

Wearing plastic


It's plastic-free July, just round the corner, so how much plastic do we wear? 

This came from New Zealand Natural in Norsewood, New Zealand, which specializes in possum/silk/merino.

Materials/Fibres that Contain Plastic

It’s always good to understand what you are buying, so here’s a list to ensure you are up to speed.

Polyester: Polyester is a synthetic fibre made from petroleum-based products, essentially plastic. It is one of the most common materials used in clothing production. Polyester can be found in various garments, including shirts, dresses, skirts, trousers, jackets, and sportswear.

Fleece: Fleece is a popular fabric for cold-weather clothing, such as jackets, jerseys, and blankets. It is typically made from polyester fibres. Fleece garments are known for their warmth and softness - but you can easily choose a natural alternative.

Nylon: Nylon is another synthetic fibre derived from petroleum. It is commonly used to produce various clothing items, including stockings, tights, swimwear, raincoats, and athletic apparel. Nylon is known for its durability, water resistance, and elasticity.

Acrylic: Acrylic is a synthetic fibre resembling wool made from plastic polymers. It is often used as a substitute for wool in jerseys, scarves, hats, and other knitwear. But why choose this when you can have the real thing?

Spandex/Lycra: Spandex, also known as Lycra or elastane, is a synthetic fibre that is highly elastic. It is commonly blended with other fibres, such as cotton or polyester, to create stretchable and form-fitting clothing. Spandex is used in various garments, including activewear, swimwear, lingerie, and tight-fitting apparel.

Now, we know there are certain items of clothing or accessories that you simply cannot replace with something made from 100% natural fibres. But those you can, you should!

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