We are releasing an astonishing amount of micro plastic particles in each wash cycle: 124-308 mg for kilo of washed fabric
The worlds dominant fiber by far is polyester - since the early 70s, polyester has become more and more widely used and accounts now for the vast majority of all fiber production for the entire apparel industry.
Blending polyester with other fibers like cotton or wool allowed to cut the cost of apparel until we started creating entire garments from polyester fiber. There wouldn't be fast fashion without petroleum derived Polyester fiber.
I also believe that it's an amazing fiber! You can dye it, sublimate it, print on it, and even engineering it to specific purposes like wicking moisture and keeping athletes dry and warm!
And I believe that it's time for the apparel industry - especially athletic companies who have been on the forefront of technology and material innovation - to invest in finding organic compounds that can create the same effect as polyester made from oil.
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Sources: Textile Exchange Org