Synthetic fibres are used throughout our collections for very specific reasons: some are quick to dry, some are more absorbent, some retain pleating, some are silky smooth, some are more durable, all are easy to care for and machine-washable, negating the need for dry cleaning.
Synthetic fibres are engineered from inorganic and non-renewable petroleum chemicals. The chemicals are heated and spun into individual fibres: the production of synthetic fibres is an energy, water and chemical intensive process.
We are working hard to tackle the problems of synthetic fibres – (see our work with recycled fibres. As technology continues to advance, we’re working on a closed-loop solution to polyester manufacturing.
A microfibre is an extremely fine synthetic fibre made from polyester. Every time you wash your synthetic clothing, it sheds these tiny, almost invisible fibres that travel to our waterways. Microfibres have been identified as a major contributor to ocean pollution. A solution you can act on now is to use a washing bag such as Guppyfriend that filters even the smallest microfibres released during washing.
Polyester is known for its smooth hand feel and soft drape. We use polyester for a purpose: it is the only fabric that can be heat set to hold permanent pleats. It is also readily available, cost-efficient and resistant to wrinkles, shrinkage and moths.
Polyester does not need to be dry cleaned, lessening the need for chemicals used in this process. Polyester is very easy to care for: it is machine-washable and doesn’t need ironing.
Elastane fibres are defined by their elasticity and durability, and are often used in garments to add stretch.
Acrylic fibres are of a similar texture to wool and used in a similar way: they have a soft, uneven finish, are lightweight and warm to touch.
Nylon was the first man-made fibre invented. It is strong, durable and silky, most often used in the production of swimwear.
We use recycled nylon where we can, and are looking for more ways to incorporate it throughout our collections.
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Easy to care for, wrinkle-resistant, strong, and with the ability to hold pleats: we engineer synthetic yarns for specific purposes.Read more