Polyamide, also known as Nylon, is an artificial fibre made from crude oil, which is a non-renewable resource. It is a type of plastic and is originally used as a cheaper substitute for silk. It can commonly found in knitwear, swimwear, activewear, lingerie and tights.
Cheap, durable, lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, machine washable
Non-biodegradable, non-breathable, might irritate skin, builds up static
Synthetic petroleum-based fibres are non-biodegradable and can take up to 200 years to decompose. They usually require a lot of energy along with toxic chemicals during the manufacturing process, which are later washed into our water. Most of these chemicals are impossible to decompose and cause permanent water pollution. Besides, when washed in a washing machine, these fibres release micro-plastics in our oceans, which are later consumed by fish and other marine life and consequently enter human food chains.
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