Natural fibre/synthetic fibre blend.
The blend combines the thermal properties of both fibres, being able to provide bulk that can enhance thepotential insulation. As with all blends the properteis will be influenced by the composition.
Where it grows / Where it is made
Generally used in knitwear.
Impact on the environment
On top of the materials impact during harvest or production, blends are hardly recyclable so their impact on the environment can be significant.
More sustainable alternatives
Products made of one single fabric, preferably natural.
End of life possibilities
Restricted because of blend. Being a blended yarn does impose some difficulties on the end of life opportunities. Separation of the fibres is one of the biggest barriers preventing either fibre from being recycled or remanufactured. Re use as a blended fabric is restrictive and the stable nature of polyester prevents the fabrics from going into composting.
Even though it might be needed to blend fabrics for some applications, we would recommend to avoid blended fabrics. Indeed, they are very hard to recycle and often end up in landfills.