Artificial, or synthetic fibres were seen as THE discovery of the last century. Cheaper in production than natural fibres, synthetics quickly became the answer to the majority of clothing worn today.
To produce synthetic fibres, simple natural hydrocarbons (ethylene and propylene - think petroleum) become synthetic polymers through different chains of reaction, including the use of heat. The result is man made thermoplastics, such as polyester.
A few decades after the discovery of synthetic fibres, the other side of the coin emerged - microplastics. Essentially, we’re walking around covered in plastic, and in turn damaging our health and that of our environment.
Is there anything we can do about it?
“ The apparel we wear could do so much more for us, and we could enjoy it while helping to make the world a better place. As a brand we have an important part to play, and better decisions from everyone can lead to real, and lasting change.” Team Inner Mettle