Fibre Briefing: Polyester

Polyester, a synthetic fibre derived from oil, is the world’s most commonly used fibre. It overtook cotton use in 2002 and, with other synthetic fibres, makes up more than 65 per cent of fibres used in the textile and apparel industry. Polyester is light, strong and easily dyed, can be woven or knitted and is easily blended with other fibres. Its easy-to- wash, wrinkle-free nature made it revolutionary when it first emerged in the 1970s. Its relative cheapness has fuelled the growth of fast fas…