While it is impossible to eliminate plastic completely from our lives, there are steps that can be taken to help reduce the amount which we are using by choosing garments and products that are plastic-free or are reusable.
Plastic or synthetic-based material
When plastics are heated they release toxins whether they are in water bottle form and we drink the toxins, or in the form of clothing when it's worn, washed and dried. Bébés skin is 3-5 times thinner than that of an adult and absorbs all the toxins from synthetic or plastic material when worn or in contact with. However that being said we all absorb these chemicals into our bodies when utilising products clothes, bedding etc so no one is exempt from the negative side effect from a health point of view and then there are the environmental issues created by plastic.
Synthetic fibres — all of which are forms of plastic — are now about 60% of the material that makes up our clothes worldwide. Synthetic plastic fibres are cheap and extremely versatile, providing for stretch and breathability in athleisure, and warmth and sturdiness in winter clothes.
Plastic waste is a globally recognised problem. While there are some benefits in daily living, plastic can take thousands of years to biodegrade. It takes up valuable space in landfill sites and is polluting the natural environment, having a significant impact on our oceans and our health. ‘By 2050 there will be a ton of plastic for every ton of fish.’ (Recycling technologies)
Most types of plastic are in fact recyclable, but most municipal governments do not have the infrastructure in place to carry out this energy-intensive process. Recycling plastic not only requires large amounts of energy but also uses large quantities of water.
While getting rid of plastic waste is the primary environmental problem, the production process is a leading cause of carbon emissions contributing to global warming. It takes a lot of energy and resources to make plastic, with more than 90% being produced from fossil fuel resources. Experts believe that if current trends continue, in 30 years’ time 20% of global oil consumption and 15% of global carbon emissions will be associated with plastic production. Creating bottled water takes 2000 times the energy than it does to produce tap water!
Creating a circular economy is based on the notion of maintaining the value of natural and organic products, materials and resources within the economy of fashion for as long as possible, consequently minimising the generation of waste which is produced in the fashion industry.
5 reasons you should opt for plastic-free clothing and products
-They are made from plastic and oil, bad for the environment and human health
-Synthetic materials utilise synthetic dyes further adding to the level of toxins being absorbed by your body when worn
-They hold bacteria as the material is not breathable
-They will not biodegrade, effectively meaning they will end up in the landfill one day if they are not upcycled or recycled which is not a solution to the overproduction of plastic in the environment.