Three Ethical Reasons to Avoid Synthetic Fabrics and Switch to Natural Fabrics

After doing research on the comparisons between natural and synthetic fabrics, I’ve begun to pay more attention to the apparel that I wear and what information influences consumers’ clothing choices.  When it comes to purchasing and wearing clothes, consumers are often concerned with the style, cost, and brand a particular outfit belongs to. However, I wonder if consumers ever ask themselves what type of fibers their clothing consists of? Many people don’t know the pros and cons of natural and synthetic clothing. Although an outfit may appeal visually to consumers, it’s important to know how it affects people’s health and the environment. While there are costs and benefits to both kinds, this article will help summarize some of the key disadvantages of synthetic fibers, helping to explain why natural fabrics are the preferred choice for sustainable consumers.

  1. How Natural and Synthetic Fabrics Affect Your Health and Vitality

When analyzing the comparisons made between natural and synthetic fabrics, it’s important to be aware of the effects it has on the wearer’s physiology, specifically on one’s skin and body’s vitality. While synthetic fabrics are durable, long lasting, stretchy and shrink resistant, this man-made material shares its toxic elements with the wearer, negatively impacting their health.

Make sure you are wearing breathable fabrics to limit the amount of toxins entering your skin from your clothing.


It causes problems for the wearer’s skin, preventing it from breathing, which can lead to their pores becoming clogged. This can lead to possible skin problems, such as hyperpigmentation, depigmentation, and rashes. Some people choose to wear natural fabrics as it allows the body’s energy to flow properly, also helping the consumer feel relaxed.


Feeling comfortable in your clothing selection is key. Both fabrics have advantages and disadvantages, but before the next time you go shopping, make sure you consider the effects fabrics will have on your body.

Check out the link below to “Natural Vs Synthetic Fabrics!!! The Effects On The Physiology & Energy Vitality!!!”.

  1. Why You Should Be Concerned About the Breathability of Your Fabrics

Also, polyester and synthetic fabrics tend to transfer chemicals into the wearer’s body, showcasing its toxic downsides and creating more harm than good. It seems fabrics made of natural fibers, especially cotton, are a healthier alternative. They excrete toxins and sweat, allowing the wearer’s body to breathe and feel comfortable when doing physical activity or anything else in their daily lives. Everyone should be able to feel good in their chosen clothes, and not have to suffer health problems because of it.

Check out the link below to “What are you wearing? Fabrics to avoid”.

We have a lot more great information on sustainable fabrics.

  1. Understanding the Toxic Nature of Synthetic Fabrics and Microfiber Pollution

Here is a detailed video that explains how synthetic fabrics negatively impact a consumer’s health and the environment. It discusses the chemical nature of man-made materials and their impact when washed. Unfortunately, when synthetic fabrics are washed, incredibly tiny pieces of plastic called microfibers wash off and travel down the drain. Up to hundreds of thousands of microfibers are released after each wash. The fibers released are so small, water treatment plants are unable to prevent all of them from passing through into our waterways.

Fish ingest toxic microfibres.

When microfibers enter the water system, they absorb other harmful pollutants such as hazardous poisons. As a result, these microfibers practically become a container filled with lethal toxins, just waiting to be opened. These polluted microfibers are then ingested by fish swimming in contaminated rivers, lakes or oceans, which are often eventually purchased at grocery stores and eaten by consumers. As a result, countless consumers’ health, as well as the environment, is negatively impacted. It’s crucial that consumers and clothing companies work together to develop a solution to ensure non-toxic garments are made, to protect the safety of people, and the environment.

Check out the link below to “The Story of Microfibers”.

To surmise, there are many downsides to synthetic fibers that should be taken into consideration. It is evident that fabrics made of natural fibers allow a consumer’s body to do important functions that are crucial to their health, such as letting the skin breathe freely and release toxins. It is also certain that synthetic fabrics not only transfer their toxic nature onto to the wearer, but to the environment as well. Everyone has their style preferences, however, it is only ethical to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the material that you choose to wear. Be mindful of the impact of your clothing.

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About the Author

Sam is a third year film studies student at Wilfrid Laurier University. He loves going to the movies. He has recently developed a interest in the environment and is always excited to learn new things. At any time he can seen keeping up with the newest release dates of upcoming movies.

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