All that’s good about polyester

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Polyester has some useful properties that lends itself to sustainability.

Polyester, though synthetic and non-biodegradable, has a lower water footprint, can be washed at lower temperatures, dries quickly, needs much less ironing than cotton fabrics, and can be easily recycled into new fibers, even virgin ones. All these could mean that the use phase ecological foorprint for polyester fabrics could be considerably lower than that for cotton fabrics.

But polyester washing also releases large amounts of microplastic fibers, a large ecological menace.

While advances in polyester recycling could indeed get polyester apparel close to a circular model, one wonders how the problem of microplastic release would be tackled.

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