But when we set out to solve the "silk is so high maintenance" problem, the fabric options available in the industry just didn't cut it on the quality and sustainability front. Check your closet: most of the easier care blouses in the industry are made of polyester, rayon, or acetate.
So what's the issue? Setting aside sustainability, if you have a discerning eye, you'll know these synthetics often just look cheap. When it comes to sustainability though, these textiles are incredibly environmentally unfriendly.
This is essentially plastic. It's one of the worst materials for the environment, yet most easy-care blouses are made of polyester. It's takes 20 to 200 years to biodegrade, requires petroleum to produce, and generally ends up in landfills. We have got to stop using this stuff.
Even though these two aren't synthetics and do biodegrade, the bulk of the rayon and acetate in the world are made under manufacturing processes that are incredibly environmentally harmful. From polluted water run-offs, to toxic chemical substances that harm their workers - these textiles are still a sustainability no-no.
Simple. Money. Polyester, Rayon, Acetate, and other man-made fibers are a lot cheaper to produce, and the fashion industry today demands such a high turnover that companies have gone environmentally bankrupt in their attempts to keep profits high.