Polyester is the worst fabric you can buy. It is made from synthetic polymers that are made from esters of di-hydric alcohol and terpthalic acid. Basically, they are toxic.
The human body can only withstand so much toxic load – and the endocrine disrupting chemicals which don’t seem to bother you may be affecting generations to come.
Acrylic fabrics are polycrylonitriles and may cause cancer, according to the EPA.
Other health complications associated with skin contact with the toxic chemicals in synthetic clothing include infertility, respiratory diseases, contact dermatitisetc.
Rayon is recycled wood pulp that must be treated with chemicals like caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulphuric acid to survive regular washing and wearing.
Acetate and Triacetate are made from wood fibers called cellulose and undergo extensive chemical processing to produce the finished product.
These chemicals are very dangerous on their own. But combined they can do irreversible damage to your skin and other major organs.
Nylon is made from petroleum and is often given a permanent chemical finish that can be harmful.
These chemicals often interact with each other and cause harm to the skin.
Anything static resistant, stain resistant, permanent press, wrinkle-free, stain proof or moth repellant. Many of the stain resistant and wrinkle-free fabrics are treated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), like Teflon.
Sustainable textile production and cloth recycling can go a long way in saving our planet. Go green by buying and donating second-hand clothing.
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