At Prominent Emporium, we believe that the most prominent feature of life is health and well being. After months of research, now we know about fabrics and would like to share the same with you. Fabrics which are best for you, which are bad for you and which are worst for you. Here, we are going to elaborate on why Some fabrics like Polyester should not be in your bedding.
What is POLYESTER?
Polyester is a man-made synthetic material just like plastic. Its 0% natural and very cheap to produce as there is no need for fields, plantation, and extraction to be done.
Most of the fabrics, nowadays, are made by blending the polyester with natural fibers because natural fibers dilute the synthetic feel of polyester. However, these fabrics are smartly marketed as cotton, hiding very efficiently the major proportion of polyester used in making them.
How Polyester is Made?
Polyester is made by a chemical reaction taking place at high temperatures in a vacuum involving a petroleum by-product, coal, water, and air. The chemical reaction is known as polymerization. The resultant product, that is, the polymer is stretched into long fibers when hot. The fibers, thus, made are very strong but very toxic.
Here is a video that might help you understand the making of polyester.
Is Polyester Toxic?
So, what should the answer be? Is Polyester toxic? In one word – yes.
As explained, it is a synthetic material and has many toxic chemicals. Polyester is basically thermoplastic and it out-gases tiny plastic molecules whenever heated.
You must be wondering – How does it affect my life?
Actually, in many ways.
- When the synthetic sheets are dried in a clothes dryer, these chemicals get released into your home and the environment.
- When you sleep in synthetic bedding, the body heat releases these chemicals like formaldehyde, Perfluorochemicals (PFCs), etc. and they get absorbed into your skin. Studies have found PFCs in the blood of humans and animals around the world. It has a tendency to get accumulated in our blood over time. Serious health concerns have been reported by researchers for PFCs which includes risks of causing cancer. In laboratory animals, PFCs have proved to be causative agents for liver, kidney, and reproductive system damage.
- The fabrics made by blending cotton with polyester are often treated with formaldehyde and ammonia to make the fabric soft and prevent it from shrinking. Formaldehyde acts as an irritant in patients having allergies and asthmatic conditions. Also, on top of that, it is class 3 carcinogenic as per EU classification.
- Also, there is a nonstick additive Teflon which is added for durability, stain resistance, and wrinkle resistance. We all want no-iron or wrinkle-free clothes but we don’t care to think about what makes them so and what are the other hazardous properties of such chemicals that make our clothes wrinkle-free.
- Many polyesters are also treated with Antimony. Antimony is well established to be carcinogenic along with the aggressor for heart, lungs, liver, and skin ailments.
- On top of that many harmful chemicals and toxic metals such as cadmium and chromium are used in textile dyes.
So, the answer to the question- Is polyester toxic? Well, you know now.
Should Polyester be in everyday use?
It is up to you to decide. Polyester has a huge market and people talk only about the benefits of polyester. But slowly now aware people have started speaking about the health risks as well.
Polyester must be avoided as much as possible. You can easily avoid it in your clothes and in your bed. You have natural and organic material options which are always the safest.
Further, take some time to think about the workers who are involved in the synthesis of this dreadful fabric. The precursors involved in the process of making polyester are highly toxic and carcinogenic. The workers and the environment gets exposed to these highly toxic chemicals at such a grand scale. Giving up its use will also help us fulfill our social responsibility. Take a look at some of the widespread problems resulting, inter-alia, from the omnipresent Polyester.
Is Polyester Carcinogenic?
It is very much clear now that polyester carries carcinogens and it must not be in your bed. Prolonged use of polyester results in serious problems in the form of skin, lung, and heart cancer.
So, this raises the question as well Does polyester causes cancer?
It can never be answered directly as there are so many harmful effects of polyester.
There are several other harmful effects of polyester.
As we breathe around Polyester, it is obvious that it would result in respiratory issues. Its excessive use can result in severe chronic respiratory infections. Some people can develop an allergy against polyester due to prolonged use.
According to a recent study done to analyze the fibers present in the air, it results that there is 29% plastic. Some of the other findings of various researches are as follows:
- Plastic fibers present in the air indoors are larger than the fibers found in the air outdoors.
- In many cases, plastic particles are found in lung tissues.
Polyester not only makes existing skin problems worse but its prolonged use results in the development of new skin problems. Rashes, itching, redness, eczema, and dermatitis are just a few. So, for people with sensitive skin, polyester is a big NO.
Reduced Sperm Count
Studies conducted to study the effect of polyester undergarments have shown that it affects the sperm count in men adversely. And it would be wiser to infer that it is yet another reason why polyester should not be in your bed.
Immune System of Children
Anything toxic affects children first. The immune system and liver detoxification system makes them more sensitive to toxic chemicals than adults. Therefore, Doctors recommend 100% Cotton Fabrics to be used for children. It is also suggested that along with lesser chemical processing, the fabric has fewer dyes.
Synthetic fibers should never be used for children. As they are made of petroleum, they are not breathable nor absorb-able, which makes them hot in summer and cold in winter. They also have electric charge producing static cling. Synthetic fabrics require heavy chemical finishes thereby causing allergies, chemical sensitivities, and serious health problems. Some fabrics for children are treated with flame retardant which emits formaldehyde gas. It causes many health problems starting with headaches and dizziness.
Conversely, among natural fabrics, the best fabric for children is 100% Cotton. The cotton is hypoallergenic, washable, breathable, soft, and durable provided you choose the best quality free from pesticide use.
We must also take some time to think about the workers who are involved in the synthesis of this dreadful fabric. The precursors involved in the process of making polyester are highly toxic and carcinogenic. The workers and the environment gets exposed to these highly toxic chemicals at such a grand scale. Giving up its use will also help us fulfill our social responsibility. Take a look at some of the widespread problems resulting, inter-alia, from the omnipresent Polyester.
Polyester is way too harmful to the environment than you think it is. It's practically not possible to recycle polyester and it takes 200 years for it to biodegrade. The production of polyester results in serious air and water pollution.
Recycling of polyester requires more energy than making natural fabric. Therefore, businessmen don't prefer to recycle it. Rather, they are left to biodegrade which takes two lifetimes.
The benefits of polyester that are marketed by manufacturers have another side to the picture as well. Polyester is water-resistant which means the water vapors released by your body during sleep are not absorbed and the body feels damp. It results in feeling hot in summer and cold in winter.
We, therefore, strongly recommend for your good health and well being 100% natural and organic materials such as 100% Cotton or Egyptian Cotton which are non-toxic, breathable, softest, hypoallergenic, and considerably improves the quality of your sleep. Also, it would be an additional pleasure to know that the product you are using is good for the environment and mankind.
Alternatives to Polyester Fabric
Today polyester fabric is used in most everyday fabrics, from clothes to towels, from bed linen to sleep wears. Every individual should take into consideration the amount of polyester that is present in their homes and surroundings. We here at Prominent Emporium are always keen on providing you valuable information about living a healthier life and we are also committed to creating products that will help you do the same.
We have taken care of your sleep environment by creating the perfect products which are made with 100% Cotton with No Chemical Retention and Active Environmental Printing. For the complete collection, you should check out our 100% Cotton Bedding Sets collection or our Egyptian Cotton Bedding Sets collection.
We will be coming with more products to create a more natural and toxin-free living environment for you.
So it's time to make a decision about your health.
Thanks for reading!