Since humans started wearing clothes, post Adam and Eve’s fig-leaf days, we started off with what we could find i.e. nature. Now, as humanity has progressed we have gone from Mammoth skins to lycra as our second skin. Synthetic fibres have trumped the humble cottons, wools and silks we originally donned.
Regardless, in more recent times we’re discovering that synthetic fibres are in fact exactly what they sound like- a sin.
They are bad for our bodies, preventing our skin from breathing and they are bad for our environment as they are formed from petrochemicals that are not biodegradable, essentially meaning, our clothes end up lasting longer than plastic bags in landfill.
We stand strong against the use of synthetics at Mia Fratino, only offering garments made in our 100% natural fibres.
It is easy to see why people fall into the trap of purchasing synthetic clothes or acrylic blends as they can often be a cheaper option. But it’s important to think big picture, as cheaper at initial purchase means cheaper in quality too.
Have a look at the table below and see if you recognise any of the faux natural fibres. Often these fibres are natural in origin but not sustainably harvested or ethically produced. The list is not exhaustive but is designed to introduce you to some of the main players in the ‘new textile’ world.
If you’re still not convinced, have a read of our arguments FOR natural fibres below.
Argument 1/ They are excellent insulators.
This means that in the hot weather they keep you cooler and in the cold weather they keep you warm. This is 100% fact because everybody loves to pull on a warm, soft, woolly jumper (like this one) when the weather gets chilly.
Argument 2/ The comfy factor.
There is nothing more comfortable than soft wool on your skin or feathery light silks and cotton. Natural Fibres breathe and that makes them perfect for us! As we breathe, they breathe eliminating the customary sticky, smelly, sweaty-ness at the end of a day wearing synthetics.
Argument 3/ Longevity.
Natural Fibres do need a little bit more TLC than their synthetic cousins, but the long-term payoff makes it all worth it. It’s impossible to not see the benefit of a garment that will continue to hold it’s shape and colour over a period of time. Synthetic clothing, on the other hand, tends to thin and lose shape after 3 washes and rarely lasts multiple seasons of wear.
Argument 4/ Natural Fibres can be carbon neutral and ethically produced.
Synthetic fibres are made from petrochemicals, there is no sustainable way to run these processes if the products are not biodegradable themselves. Even wood based fibres such as viscose are costing the earth as forests are destroyed so the wood can be used for the fabric. It’s far easier to track the origins of your natural fibres and with tools like Google, every company can be researched for your piece of mind.