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Poly or Cotton. Which is Better for the Environment?

Poly or Cotton. Which is Better for the Environment?

In 2007 polyester overtook cotton as the world’s dominant fiber, the amount of poly produced annually increased from 5.8 million tons to 34 million tons, according to Technon Orbichen. By 2015, that number is expected to triple to 99.8 million tons! One reason for the poly boom is that the Earth has only so much farmland. Cotton must share this limited space with the world’s food crops.

 

 

Derived from crude oil, Polyester is a polymer, or a long chain of repeating molecular units. When melted, it has the consistency of cold honey, and when pressed through...