Synthetic fabrics have become a staple in the fashion industry due to their versatility, durability, and affordability. However, these materials are not without environmental impacts. While organic cotton is often more expensive than synthetic fabrics, the benefits to the environment and our health make it a worthwhile investment.
Polyester and nylon are examples of synthetic fabrics that are petroleum-based, energy-intensive to produce, and take decades to biodegrade. Acrylic and rayon are examples of synthetics that require the use of harmful chemicals that get released during their production, causing harm to the environment and the factory workers involved in producing them.
Due to the higher cost of organic cotton and other natural and environmentally sustainable fabrics, they are used almost exclusively by ethical and eco-conscious brands - this is because the tradeoff of the higher price point aligns with their important brand values, which their consumers believe in and are willing to pay a little more for. Therefore, supporting ethical and eco-conscious fashion brands that are transparent about their materials is a great way to minimize the environmental impact of the fashion industry and promote a more sustainable future. Anna Lappe said it best: “Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”
From a personal care standpoint, when it comes to clothing that is frequently washed and worn close to the skin like underwear, the benefits of organic cotton are particularly relevant. Synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon can trap moisture and bacteria, leading to odour and discomfort. Organic cotton, on the other hand, is breathable and moisture-wicking, making it ideal for underwear because it promotes comfort by keeping you dry and odour free.
At Bota Undergarments, we're committed to making underwear that's better for you and the planet. Our sustainable, size-inclusive women's underwear uses organic cotton to create comfortable, high-quality underwear that you can feel good about wearing. Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond our materials with our eco-friendly packaging and by being the first company in Canada to launch an underwear recycling program with our Top Drawer Detox Kits.
Although synthetic fabrics have long been popular in the fashion industry, we know that the environmental cost of using these materials is significant. As our girl Anna Lappe eludes, we can cast a vote with our money and fight for a more eco-conscious fashion industry that also cares about and understands women’s health.