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Mass production of synthetic clothing and its effects on ecosystem

In today's modern era, human has made significant efforts in making life better but was it sustainable? No, instead human has adversely affected the environment in some way or other to fulfil their needs. If you look deep into an era of evolving fashion, many people are moving towards synthetic fabrics rather the natural ones. It becomes even worse when some of the fashion companies started selling synthetic fibrous clothes in the name of natural fibers.

Let’s dig deep into some facts and statistics of the clothes made from synthetic fibres.

More than 35 percentages of micro-plastics floating in the oceans are flushed out by large textile companies.

The cloths manufactured nowadays consist of more than 62% of synthetic fibers or a blend of natural and synthetic polymers.

More than 20 kgs of dust is produced by a household every year, and out of which more than 62% is microplastic.

Polyester clothes are one of the most prominent sources of pollution and release microplastic fibres in every wash.

Other prominent sources of microfibers are mainly curtains, blankets, carpets, and other day-to-day useful.

So, what are the adverse effects of synthetic clothing on the environment? Let’s know...

When it comes to environmental pollution, most of us think that the burning of fossil fuels and carbon emission from vehicles contributes most to the pollution, but in fact, it is not true textile industry contributes the largest part to the polluting environment. And the main reason behind it is the use of synthetic fibers and chemicals involved. According to a survey, the textile industry contributes more than 10 percent of the total pollution. These numbers are quite big and can adversely affect the environment on a large scale.

The clothing industry was also one of the least polluting industries around 50 years back, but with the use of synthetic fibers and chemicals, it became the most polluting one. The fibers and materials used in clothing have been significantly changed by the textile industries. The huge demand for synthetic materials put the organic fibers aside, and it is also possible that in some years, they will be completely discontinued.

The textile industries widely use nylon, polyester, and rayon as raw materials for manufacturing designer clothes. The main reason behind using these fabrics is that it is comparatively cheaper than the natural fabric. Thus the company makes more profit out of it by reducing the manufacturing cost.

These synthetic fabrics may be better than the natural ones in some way, but it is adversely affecting the Mother Nature. Just to save some money on clothing and apparel, it is not fair enough to compromise with the environment. These fabrics even have many bad effects on your health, and just saving pennies on these synthetic clothes may cost you a lot of it affects your health.

Health risk of synthetic fibers

You may find these synthetic fibers cheaper than natural fibers and thus a better option for clothing. But have you ever wondered how badly it could affect your health, the microfibers of these synthetic clothes can lead to some serious health-related issues? It is difficult but not impossible to go for natural fiber clothes rather than synthetic ones; if you try once, you may feel connected with the environment and can also contribute to saving Mother Nature. Most of the synthetic fibers are made of polyester, which is a petroleum derivative and has a bad impact on human health. Even in some cases, it may lead to breast cancer which is a serious medical condition.

The workers working in these textile industries are more prone to these types of risks rather than the consumers. Because they are working in an environment that can contain suspended particles of microfibers in the air, and it can lead to cough and thus becomes contagious and can also be transferred to the other family members of the worker.

Environmental risk of synthetic fibers

Our home planet, Earth, is rapidly getting damaged every day by these synthetic fibers. And only the textile industry contributes more than 20 percentages to the total water pollution of the world. And the main reason behind it is that the waste from these industries is directly flushed into rivers and lakes that further meet with oceans and leads to water pollution.

The chemicals used in these industries are so toxic that they can adversely affect your health and can sometimes lead to major health-related issues. Most of the microfibers released from these industries also result in river blockage and may even result fatal for marine animals.

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Fabrics that can be replaced with these synthetic fibers

There are many natural fabrics with which you can replace synthetic fabrics, such as wool, cotton, silk, leather, and fur.

At Christos Furs and Leathers we dedicated our whole life to bring awarenesses of the importance of using natural fibers in our outerwear, clothing, furniture, home accessories.

Our team works tirelessly everyday serving our customers in bringing them the highest quality in leather and fur that will last them a lifetime. Our services are primarily dedicated to solve problems related to plastic and save our ecosystem.