Polyester, Friend or Foe?

Whoa, are we wasteful consumers?

To keep up with today’s conventional standards, we knowingly or unknowingly consume, consume, consume. In fashion, we are especially wasteful. Just look into our closets. We are motivated by new enticing styles. Every season our closets update as the excess from last year’s styles have become outdated. Though our wallets deepen from this process, this cycle of change is exacerbated by the demand for cheap, fast fashion.

What fabrics are we wearing?

Since the creation of man-made fibers, the fashion industry has created innovative fabrics that imitate or surpass natural fibers. Technological advances has enabled the manipulation of the fiber structure so that it can resist static electricity, oil and water absorption, and wisk moisture away from the body without absorbing into the fiber. (Gail 2008, p 349). One of our most favorite man-made fibers, Polyester, has become a fabric of durability and easy care. These properties, along with the benefits of fast production and reduced costs, has allowed the manmade fiber industry to flourish.

Polyester, friend or foe?

Did you know that Polyester is the world’s largest manufactured fiber; second only to cotton? (Gail, 2008). We obviously love polyester. However, Polyester is derived from petroleum-based raw material. Polyester is created from the chemical reaction of acid and alcohol. The substance that emerges from this reaction is cast out in the form of a ribbon which is then cooled and cut into pallets that are sent to melt. The melted liquid is then forced through spinnerets that form fibers which are then stretched even further to produce our polyester thread.

Significant energy during the spinning process is needed. Overtime, this causes a significant strain on the environment. With its link to petroleum, Polyester production has a hand in the worlds depleting oil supplies. Polyester is also non-biodegradable, which causes a problem when you throw your old things out. Once it’s in a landfill, it will stay there for good.

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Why put it in a landfill?

Why would put it in a landfill? Why? But our clothes are still going there anyways. “In 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency noted that 4 million tons of textiles were going to the landfills each year.” (Hawley 2008, p 211) And they shouldn’t be there. “Because textiles are nearly 100 percent recyclable, nothing in the textile and apparel pipeline should be sent to landfills.” (Hawley 2008. P 208).

What can I do?

Your used clothing can be recycled into vintage markets, or donated to people who need it. Though polyester is not biodegradable, we can use existing used polyester fabrics it new polyester thread to be used for new designs! Even our trash can be recycled to produce fabrics. Existing Polyester clothing can also be recycled into new threads for new designs, without compromising the “quality” as the results are very similar to virgin polyester.

Did you know that these plastic soda bottles can be recycled in Polyester fibers? plastic

The video below shows the process of collecting, sorting and cleaning plastic bottles.

Who uses recycled fibers?

Patagonia now uses used soda bottles, unusable manufacturing waste, and worn out garments to produce polyester fibers for their clothes. There are a big label committed to reducing their carbon impact by reducing the use of petroleum in producing new polyester fibers. Isn’t that cool?

 

References:

Anomynous. (2006). Manufacturing Polyester. Available: http://www.whatispolyester.com/manufacturing.html. Last accessed 27 Oct 2014.

Baugh, G. (2008). Fibers: Clean and Green Fiber Options. In: Hethorn, J. Sustainable Fashion, Why Now? USA, Fairchild Book, 326-357.

Baugh, G. (2008). Polyester vs. Cotton — Which Is Better for the Environment?. Available: http://www.udel.edu/fiber/issue2/responsibility/. Last accessed 27 Oct 2014.

Doyle, S. Cotton International Magazine, suppl. Annual 2014 (2014): 62-63.

Hawley, J. (2008). Economic Impact of Textile and Clothing Recyclin. In: Hethorn, J. Sustainable Fashion, Why Now? USA, Fairchild Book, 207-232.

 

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cat shorts

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photos by: Shirley Wu

I love vintage inspired pieces and I get so excited when I find them! Busting out my Jeffrey Campbell Cap Toe Pumps to wear with these amazinggggg high waisted cat print shorts. Fashion always comes full circle and these 40s inspired shorts are the way to do it!

Wearing: 

top: American Apparel

shorts: re:named Cat Print High Rise Shorts

shoes: Jeffrey Campbell ‘Toma’ Cap Toe Pump

sunglasses: kate spade new york ‘amaras’ 55mm sunglasses

boho patterned tank

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photo credit: Shirely Wu

Summer time is here! Nothing beats the heat than a open sided tank and high waisted shorts. This tank from The Classic Brand is a bit distressed and printed with a metallic boho pattern. I think they have a great selection of affordable tees and tanks with iconic prints cut to suit modern trends.

wearing:

top: the classic brand

jeans: Paige Denim ‘Verdugo’ Skinny Ankle Jeans (Transcend)

shorts: abercrombie & fitch

CMH Fashion Week Launch Party

Had so much fun attending the 2014 CMH Fashion week launch party at Hollywood Casino. This year, I tagged along with the fabulous CAFBBA team for a night of fashion, food and glamour. Attendees got a glimpse of the CMH Fashion Week lineup while models displayed pieces from featured designers such as Lubna Najjar of Lubna Designs Inc. Let me just say, Lubna is just as lovely as her work! While admiring the fashion, I had the opportunity to meet people in the Columbus fashion scene such as Jennifer Wilson from Hola!Columbus,CMHFW Style Director Kholá’s Kloset, and caught up with favorite classy lady, MrsLadyLike. Overall, it was a successful event that has certainly gotten everyone excited for CMH Fashion Week!

CMH Fashion Week Officially starts October 12th-18th
more info: https://www.facebook.com/CMHFashionWeek
http://www.cmhfashionweek.com/

 

 

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wearing:

(pssst…my dress is on sale for $30 bucks! Get it while you can!)


ASTR Sheer Lace Maxi Dress

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high style ethical brand: Popinjay

Popinjay creates luxurious handmade bags while following an ethical business style. It is often said that “poverty has a woman’s face.” Especially in countries where gender discrimination towards education and other social opportunities has left many women vulnerable. That is why I highly believe in supporting organizations that educate and create opportunities for women to enter and engage in society as empowered people. There are many social businesses and organizations out there that create fair economic opportunities for women to become self independent. Popinjay is one of those businesses that employs skilled artisan women in Pakistan as a means to sustain the livelihood of women in Pakistan while creating luxurious bags for fashion forward women.

Each bag is handmade by artisan women in Pakistan. Every morning, these women meet in a local community center in Hafizabad, Pakistan to embroider beautiful silk and resham motifs that are seen on the bags. By equipping the women with usable skills and paying them with a rate up to three times the market, these artisan women are able to build new lives and create a better future for generations to come! Please take a look at the work and support this wonderful company!

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photos courtesy of Popinjay

Support artisan women while enjoying 40% off for the next 48 hours with the code ‘samplesale’ on http://popinjay.co

goodbye substance

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photography by: david wai

I recently purchased this floral dress from one of my favorite Short North boutiques, Substance. Unfortunately, Substance is saying farewell to Columbus and is closing shop near the end of June due to the owner’s relocation to South Carolina.

The store has been a long standing figure in the Short North fashion scene. I always loved visiting Substance for its collection of fair trade clothing, indie contemporary labels, and features of local Columbus designers and artists.

Hurry in before they’re gone. Their entire store is marked down at a steep discount, so be sure to pop in their store at 783 N. High St. to say goodbye! You can also shop their website shopsubstance where everything is currently 40% off.

Nars Contouring Blush: Paloma

So here’s my gripe on bronzers:
1. Many bronzers end up looking too orange on the skin.
2. I don’t want to bronze my face!

I know that sounds weird. Why buy a bronzer if you don’t want to bronze your face?

 It’s a rough life for us round faced girls. I can’t complain much though, roundness gives a youthful, playful appearance — which I totally take full advantage of. But you know, sometimes a chiseled jaw line and defined cheekbones is a nice look as well. For some reason, finding a product that creates natural shadows around the face, rather than a large streak of oompa orange is hard to come by. After years of searching, I think I’ve found it!

Let me introduce you all to NARS’ Contour Blush .

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Nars Contouring Blush in Paloma
L: Highlight R: Contour

Introduced in 2014, these Contouring blushes have become a new addition to Nars’ permanent collection. These blushes come as a duo powder — a light highlight and a darker contour. This range is available in three shades, the lightest Olympia (Ivory/Rose), medium Paloma (Pink Beige/Deep Rose) and the darkest Gienha (Honey/Amber).

I am roughly an NC 25-30, depending on the season. Usually, I consider myself pretty light so I was going to hit up that lightest shade, but the woman at the Nars counter advised me to get the medium shade Paloma (which turned out perfect).

Both the highlight and contouring shades have a sheer matte finish, which is great for giving allusion of shadows. The powder does lean more on the sheer side, but it is buildable. What I love most is the gorgeous rosy tint this contour has. Let’s all say goodbye to orange! It creates such a natural finish, which I am absolutely down for!

Heavily swatched

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contour shade applied to cheekbones, jawline and temples

So what do you think? Give this blush a try for that natural sculpted finish! Available here at Nordstrom.