Ever realized why do you feel so hot and humid in those fast fashion items and what makes them so cheap? Try stepping out in sun in those pair of fitted leggings and cheap synthetic top. You will definitely feel itchy and sweaty. Why so? It is because it might be made of polyester.
Polyester is not only the most popular of all synthetic materials but also the most popular fiber used in fast fashion. Polyester is present in about 60 percent of apparel today and emits three times more carbon dioxide than cotton does in its lifetime. Indeed, polyester is a type of plastic. It is made from crude oil and synthetic clothing may be one of the ways that chemicals are entering our bodies. It takes around 20-200 years for it to decompose.
Polyester is the worst fabric for your skin. It simply doesn't let your skin breath, and anyone who's worn polyester on a hot summer day is probably well aware of that. It requires more frequent washing than natural fibers – odor-spreading bacteria love nothing more than a sweaty polyester garment. But when polyester is washed in a domestic washing machine, it pollutes the ocean by releasing microfibers in it. Also, if you wear synthetic clothes, your body heat also releases these chemicals into the air and the chemicals are absorbed by your skin.
So while selecting your clothes, go for more natural fabrics like cotton, khadi, linen, etc. These are not only good for your skin but also for the environment. They are easily biodegradable, moisture wicking, breathable, durable, heat responsive and naturally repellent to mold and dirt. Read the label with the outfit properly to understand its composition. Nartural fabric clothing might be expensive as compared to the polyester fabric clothing but it is worth the money. After all why would anyone what to be dressed up in plastic?