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The Materials

Part I. A Guide to Curate a Sustainable Closet

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.

– Vivienne Westwood

The Materials

Part II. Index of Common Fabrics

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Polyester

Polyester is an artificial fibre made from crude oil, which is a non-renewable resource. It is a type of plastic and is usually used as a much cheaper substitute for cotton. It is one of the most commonly used fabrics and the fast fashion industry’s favourite. It can be found in everything.

Pros

Very cheap, very durable, lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, shrink-resistant, machine washable

Cons

Non-biodegradable, non-breathable, non-absorbent, might smell over time, might irritate skin, easy to pill, builds up static

Environmental concerns

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.

More sustainable alternatives

SHOULD AVOID, recycled polyester