Plastic in our blood - The truth about recycled polyester
Last week, Roman told me how he had heard on the radio that in various studies scientists had detected plastic in our blood. I knew about the consequences of washing synthetic clothes and that more and more plastic was getting into rivers, lakes, and oceans. I also knew that these plastic particles had reached our food chain. I didn't know, though, that plastic had already become part of us humans.
Synthetic clothes are chemicals on your skin
But let's start from the beginning. One of the reasons why we decided to launch FABSOUL was our growing concern of the use of synthetics in clothing. Not only is the imagination grueling that you are actually wearing oil on your skin, but each time you wash your beloved workout clothes, tiny synthetic threads less than 1 mm called microfibers are coming off.
The particles are so small that they slip through sewage treatment plants, get into our water, and contaminate lakes, rivers, oceans, and ultimately animals. Especially, little fish such as anchovies mistake them for food as the particles collect algea on their way through the ocean. These little fish are eaten by big fish and the big fish are eaten by...you guessed it right: US! So we are not only wearing plastic we ARE BECOMING plastic. The thought alone is terrifying!
Microfibers are the biggest source of plastic
Microfibers are making up the biggest amount of plastic found in oceans. One synthetic garment can produces more than 1,900 microfibers per wash with fleece being the worst. Clothes made from natural fibers such as cotton or wool also extract small particles but unlike synthetics they are biodegradable.
During the design process of our leggings, we set out to find natural replacements for each piece used to make them. The elastics, for example, are made from natural organic rubber. The zippers are not natural yet but are made in a small family owned business in Germany, ensuring fair working conditions and high quality. The fabric is made with organic TENCEL® fibers and is dyed with waterbased colors.
We are working very hard every day to bring you the best product out there while simultaneously taking care of the environment and preserving our beautiful planet. 🌎🌱