POLYESTER

CATEGORY:

MANUFACTURED

SUB-CATEGORY:

SYNTHETIC POLYMER

About

An oil based synthetic fibre.
An oil based synthetic fibre, Polyester is the most used of all the man made fibres. Polyester is the best wash-and-wear fibre. In addition, when polyester is blended with other dryclean only fibres, like wool, acetate, or rayon, the durability of the blended fabric improves and, in some cases, the fabrics can even be made washable, if the percentage of polyester is high enough. A fibre that is capable of re-processing, fibres manufactured from recycled polyester are now available on the market. Polyester fabrics tend to be resistant to creasing and are resistant to UV radiation. Specialist polyester fibres can be supplied where the use of multilobed cross sections or fire retardant properties are required for specific end uses.

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Where it grows / Where it is made

Top countries: China - Taiwan - Korea - India - Japan - Indonesia

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Applications

Shirts, pants, hoodies, dresses, jackets, underwear, socks, blankets, hats, sheets, rope, upholstery.

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Impact on the environment

Overall, polyester harms the environment at every stage in its production, and it inevitably accumulates in the world’s ecosystems with no viable methods for removing it. The advent of plant-based polyester fiber would seem to be a step toward reversing this unfortunate state of affairs, but it’s unclear whether this alternative to petroleum-based PET alternative will gain traction within the textile market significant enough to make an impact on the polluting effects of polyester.

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More sustainable alternatives

Recycled polyester is now available and will possess the same properties as conventional polyester.

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End of life possibilities

Polyester can be recycled.

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Our opinion

Avoid virgin polyester. Consider buying recycled PET plastic products, especially for products that don’t require frequent machine washing like shoes. For the rest, remain vigilant about microfibre shedding.