Polyester is missing from this blog, and it’s missing from my closet, and I think it should be missing from your closet too.
It’s uncomfortable crap.
Polyester is made from coal and petroleum. It is literally plastic. Common adjectives used to describe polyester garments include hot, sticky, scratchy, non-breathable, and uncomfortable. While many modern polyesters and polyester blends may look or feel almost like the natural fiber they are trying to emulate, the natural fiber will always be more comfortable to wear.
It’s expensive crap.
Polyester was introduced as an inexpensive fabric because it is so cheap to make. It is still cheap to produce polyester, yet apparel companies are charging as much or more for polyester items as you could spend on quality natural fiber pieces. I refuse to pay $100 for polyester – I want silk!
It’s bad for the environment crap.
Remember before when I said polyester is made from coal and petroleum? Those are two non-renewable resources. Without even counting the chemicals used and energy expended in the actual making of polyester, its reliance on coal and oil make polyester an enemy to the environment.
Now, here’s how to avoid polyester:
Just say no.
Stop buying polyester. Check the labels, check for fiber content details on your favorite shopping website. If it’s polyester, it’s a no-go. I’ve passed up quite a few totally adorable designs – dresses and tops that were seriously made for me – just because they were made of polyester. It doesn’t matter how cute it is, there will be something just as nice or better, and made from a natural fiber, that you will love even more. You can find cotton, wool, and even silk at the major discount retailers, and maybe if we keep leaving the polyester on store shelves, they’ll stop putting it there in the first place.
Support independent designers and private labels.
Look for designers and shops that promote handmade and sustainability and you will be sure to find natural fibers and quality craftsmanship. The more we support these shops, the more there will be, and the more quality clothing we’ll have to choose from.
(I’m currently working on a database of lovely independent clothing designers and anti-polyester retailers to showcase here on the blog and to recommend to stylist clients, so if you are one or know of one you love, please share!)
Don’t forget that we weren’t always so inundated with polyester. In decades past (even in the 70s), a larger percentage of clothing was made of natural fibers. So pick through your local antique and vintage stores or hit up your favorite online vintage stores for super cute real clothes.
Do you hate polyester?
Let me help.
There are plenty of beautiful things to wear that don’t involve polyester. If you don’t know where to find them, I can help. I specialize in non-polyester pretty finding.