The Environmental Story
Textiles made from natural fibres such as cotton, hemp or wool are a renewable resource, and thus much easier on the environment. They also biodegrade much more easily, and, in the case of wool sweaters, can be re-knitted into new items. Polyester and other man-made fibre textiles are made from non-renewable petroleum products, and as such, are much harder on the environment to produce and recycle.
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Textiles such as clothing, bedding, blankets, linens, curtains or furniture fabric are made, more and more, from synthetic materials such as polyester, a type of plastic polyethylene. This plastic is woven into a fibre that can be used on its own or spun together with natural fibres such as cotton or wool to make blended fabrics.