Synthetic Fabrics that are killing the planet

Synthetic Fabrics

Eco-leather, synthetic sweaters, and faux leather are a true poison to both our planet and to us.

It all started at the beginning of the 20th century, when the textile industry was hit by a huge revolution: the birth of synthetic fabrics.

Most of these fibers are derived from oil refining and obtained in laboratories through chemical processes.

The main synthetic fibers used to produce fashion garments are nylon, polyester, acrylic, neoprene and polyurethane – also known by the “more innocuous”  name of Elastan, and an aramid fiber known as the SUPER STRONG Kevlar.


Most synthetic fabrics are highly flammable, they require frequent washing and their disposal is also pretty complicated. Being derived from petroleum, synthetic fabrics are a problem for both human life and the wider environment, because the working process through which they are obtained is toxic and the final products are not biodegradable.

These are fabrics that should be washed at a maximum temperature of 30 °, and do you know why? Because otherwise they risk falling apart.

Have you ever seen a sheep or a plant falling apart, while being under the Summer sun, with the temperature barely hitting 30 °? I have never seen such thing.

Why does this happen?

Because these fabrics are made from petroleum!

The same petroleum that is destroying the seas when it is extracted and transported, and which is also destroying our atmosphere only to fuel our means of transport.

The same oil that is not a renewable source and that is not the raw material for the production of any environmentally sustainable materials.

The same oil that “we are ending”, and that will allow us to totally destroy our planet if we do not become aware of even the smallest gestures that we can do every day to stop this awfull process: like the choice of the shirt we wear.

The future is not in the bowels of the earth but it can be found in its luminous surface, if we want nature to be still part of our life.

After food, clothing is something we are most frequently in contact with on a day to day basis. Inevitably, our skin will absorbs the chemicals used for the textile production of the garments we wear. These are so often indigestible synthetic products – both for our planet earth and for us.



Did you know that in your faeces (or at least in the feaces of 50% of the population) there are micro-plastic fibers deriving from synthetic clothes put into circulation by the fashion industry?

Fibers contained in synthetic clothes end up instead in our water network through the washing action.

The Austrian Environmental Protection Agency has researched in the faeces 10 different types of plastics, discovering 9. The most widespread were PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and PP (polypropylene), used respectively for wrapping food and clothes.

As for the quantities, the stool samples contained an average 20 plastic particles of variable size between 50 and 500 micrometers.

Synthetic products represent the negation of both nature and craftsmanship, and with their presence they have annihilated entire categories of craftsmen and production chains . They are also slowly killing the planet, stifling the earth and polluting our seas. Replacing itself as an invisible poison to animal food.

Synthetic products are polluting and destroying the air and water, starting from their production and passing through their maintenance through washing.

They are standing as indestructible death sculptures on our planet.

According to the fashion houses allied with Peta, in the near future we will all end up wearing plastic clothes. And this should certainly not be viewed as a position.

I think there will soon be a revolution. Fashion brands will become more aware, rewrite the rules and unmask those who are deceptively playing the role of protectors of nature, such as Peta and Stella McCartney, pioneers of the synthetic.

Samantha De Reviziis

Photo via: Beppe

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