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Synthetics & Sustainable Synthetics: Global Production

Synthetics derive from petrochemicals and comprise 62% of all fibres produced, with polyester used most widely. The race is on to perfect sustainable synthetics, used only in tiny volumes currently.

Synthetic fibres and fabrics are a broad class of materials whose technical properties and relative low price make them a central part of our wardrobes. Many garments are now entirely or partially made from polyester, nylon, elastane (used widely in athleisure wear), or acrylic to name some of the most used synthetics.

Turning oil into fashion

Synthetic fibres are made from synthesised chemicals (known as polymers) that are derived from petrochemicals (i.e. crude oil) – making the fashion i…

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