Polyester Shouldn't Be On Your Skin: Here's Why
In general, 99% of all factory-made crap is ruining everything. But this post is only about synthetic fabric, mainly polyester.
Unnatural fabrics like polyester, nylon, acetate, and acrylic possess harmful toxins, which are easily released. Polyester is the most popular of all synthetic materials, which is a type of plastic. It’s human-made, cheap to produce, and 0% natural.
So, if you’re trying to reduce your use of plastic, you need to expand that effort to your wardrobe too. If you're not already convinced, here are a few more reasons why polyester sucks:
It's terrible for your skin
Polyester is a synthetic material that has many toxic chemicals embedded in it, which outgas plastic molecules whenever they are heated. So when you dry synthetic clothes in a clothes dryer, you are outgassing these chemicals into your home and the environment.
Another typical example is when body heat releases these chemicals into the air, and your skin absorbs the chemicals.
It's Uncomfortable And Hot
Polyester is uncomfortable and hot. Because you're essentially wearing a plastic bag, on a hot day, this means your sweat gets trapped between your skin and the fabric, making you even sweatier than should be. Hard pass!
Creates Foul Smells; Enough To Raise The Dead
To add insult to injury, it also holds odors. If you dare sweat in a polyester piece, it’s pretty much ruined. Polyester seems to selectively hold on to all the bad smells of its lifetime in its threads.
It's Bad For The Environment
It is not bio-degradable and will stay in the eco-system until it breaks apart. So basically, every plastic that you've ever bought or thrown away still exists - that includes polyester garments. It is believed that synthetic clothes are the biggest source of microplastic pollution in the oceans because up to 1900 fibers can be washed off one garment every time it is washed.
Conclusion: Check fiber labels before purchasing, not only clothing but bedding, underwear, your children's (and your furry friends)' toys too.
Purchasing polyester is not something we think about often, but it should be. Making slight alterations to your daily habits can leave you and your family healthier, and "fragrant free" for it.