Part 2: Why is everything that's not silk made of polyester?

Part 2: Why is everything that's not silk made of polyester?

September 07, 2017

We're sticklers about quality and sustainability at Citizen's Mark, core values that are important to our vision of designing for women to look credible. 

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. 

What's the issue? 

Before we even get into sustainability, if you have a discerning eye, you'll know these synthetics often just look cheap.

Now on the materials. 

Polyester: 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. 

Rayon and Acetate: 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. 

We'll let our friends at Trusted Clothes give you the brief on these three bad guys (images below). Next up on the blog: the A+ fiber we're turning into machine-washable, million dollar blouse fabric. 



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