Natural vs. recycled synthetic fabrics: What is better for the planet?
The desire to do something good for your body and mind is nothing new, but have your ever thought about the environmental impact you make with the activewear clothes you buy?
Conventional activewear is made with Polyester and Nylon - nonbiodegradable microplastic fibers which have been found on 18 of 18 beaches tested around the world. Studies also show that 83% of tested tap water around the world (that each and everyone of us drinks daily!) was found to contain microplastics as well.
But let's start from the beginning. What are synthetic and natural fabrics?
Synthetics are man-made and produced entirely from chemicals to create fabrics like polyester, nylon, acrylic, and many others that are high-performing, therefore the popular choice for activewear.
Many synthetic fabrics don't absorb water (they are plastic after all) and are quick drying, so you are not drenched during your workout. But they often have a bad odour to them that you can't get rid off even after many washes. Synthetic fibers are usually cheaper than natural fibers as they can be manufactured on a large scale.
Natural fabrics are made of animal or plant-based fibers. The most commonly known examples are cotton, wool or hemp. Not all natural fabrics are created equal and certainly they not all suitable for a high performance gear.
Cotton, for example, gets soaking wet during a sweaty workout and is slower to dry. Natural fabrics are usually way softer than their synthetic counterparts. Therefore suitable for people with sensitive skin.
Plant-based fabrics in activewear
Many people still think that organic cotton is the eco-friendliest choice when shopping for sustainable clothes. The truth is that cotton is oftentimes heavily sprayed with pesticides and herbicides and also needs lots of water to grow.
Tencel® is made from eucalyptus or beech wood, plants that need minimal water to grow and also don't take up valuable agricultural space. They are never sprayed with pesticides nor are they genetically modified.
Tencel® absorbs 50% more water than cotton, transporting moisture directly from the body to inside the fiber. It is cooling during summer and warming in winter. The perfect high-performing and vegan fiber.
Sweat in style and minimize your environmental footprint
Workout clothing (even synthetic ones) can be pretty expensive, so why not invest in high-quality pieces that are also going to benefit the environment in some capacity, and also can withstand your usual workouts. Buying plant-based activewear doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style or comfort.
Now it's your turn to experience the amazing benefits of Tencel® activewear and show the world that caring for the environment and living in style can go hand in hand. Find your new favourite pair of leggings and change the way you sweat!