Following on from my previous post on plastic in clothing, I decided to investigate my closet to find out how much plastic is hiding in plain sight.
I hoped for a majority natural fabrics like cotton. I distinctly dislike the way polyester feels on my skin and how it doesn’t breathe at all.
The results weren’t as bad as I was expecting overall, but there is definitely room for improvement! Here’s what I found in my everyday wardrobe…
- All of my “woolly” sweaters and winter hats are 100% acrylic.
- My nicer blouses for office jobs were an variety of mostly viscose, rayon and polyester with no cotton.
- Most of my t-shirts were 100% cotton which is great. There are a couple of odd rayon shirts in the mix, but I’ll take rayon over polyester since its a natural-synthetic blend.
- My jeans are 68% cotton, which is not too bad I suppose. Another pair of pants are 97% cotton and 3% elastane.
- My shorts are a win at 98% cotton/2% elastane. Not bad!
- Most of my dresses were polyester. The worst part of this are the tights that go along with them which are all 100% nylon, of course.
More of my “nice” or office clothes turned out to be mostly polyester while the clothes I’d wear on a more daily basis when given the choice were mostly cotton. Its funny how I subconsciously prefer one over the other, and to be honest, I hate dressing for the office.
The outdoor and hiking clothes are where it got ugly. Most of these are polyester, including:
- Underarmor tops and bottom base layers – 100% polyester. Yikes!
- Fleece jacket & vest – 100% polyester. And some of the worst offenders of shedding plastic in the washing machine!
- And yes, even my beloved backpack is 100% polyester. Funny to think this is the same material as some of my shirts.
My rainjacket, a Pacific Northwest staple, is 100% nylon, but that’s fairly unavoidable in a waterproof item. At least I have two 100% merino wool tops which I love and wear far more often than the polyester ones.
After ravaging my closet and piling up all my clothing, I turned around and looked at my bed. I wish I hadn’t. I checked the labels and I was very disappointed to find both comforter is 100% polyester. At least the sheets are 100% cotton. So I suppose there are a lot more things I could change, but I don’t see myself shelling out the cash for new bedding anytime soon.
How about you? How much plastic is hiding in plain sight in your wardrobe?