There are five basic needs for human – oxygen, water, food, shelter and clothing. There are different options available to address your five basic needs. You need to opt for the right options to live a healthy life. For example, you can live in pollution free area to breathe in the clean air. You need to drink boiled or purified water to avoid water borne diseases. You need to eat healthy food to stay healthy. You need a safe shelter that can protect you from threats by other humans and natural threats like storm, rain etc. Similarly, you need to wear clothing that does not cause any skin problem.
Synthetic Fabrics and Allergies
Some people suffer from allergies due to chemicals used in making and treating synthetic fibres. Admittedly, some natural fibres such as wool can cause allergies. However, synthetic fabrics cause the most allergies. People with sensitive skin are likely to suffer from problems like eczema, skin redness, skin blisters, lesions, dry and cracked skin, and itchy and swollen skin. If you are using polyester throw pillow covers, you can experience these problems in the backside of the neck. You can avoid these problems by using Throw pillow covers made from natural fabrics.
Common Synthetic Clothing Materials
Synthetic fabrics are man-made fabrics. These fabrics are made from chemicals and some of these chemicals are toxic. Following are the common man-made synthetic fabrics.
This fabric is commonly used in making shirts, blouses, khaki pants, exercise clothing, carpets, pyjamas, bed sheets and dolls. Apart from these, synthetic fabrics are also used for making decorative throw pillows, decorative accent pillows etc.
Polyethylene terephthalate is the most common variety of polyester. This is plastic derived from crude oil. Little molecules called monomers chemically react to make polyester. These monomers are toxic.
It is one of the most commonly used synthetic fabrics. It is made from petroleum. It is treated with chemicals that can be harmful. If you have sensitive skin, dyes used in nylon can cause problems like contact dermatitis and irritation.
Polycrylonitriles are used in making acrylic, polyester and some other synthetic fabrics. According to EPA, many polycrylonitriles can cause cancer.
It is a man-made fabric but it is not a synthetic fabric. It is made from wood pulp. It is treated with harmful chemicals such as acetone, caustic soda, Sulfuric acid and ammonia. These chemicals can cause rashes and a few other skin problems if your skin is sensitive.
Triacetate and Acetate
Both fabrics are made from cellulose which is obtained from wood, leaves, bark, esters of cellulose or other plant based materials. Cellulose is treated with various chemicals to get finished triacetate and acetate.
Chemical Treatment of Fabrics
Both synthetic and natural fabrics undergo chemical processing. This chemical processing involves:
- Petrochemical dyes
- Volatile organic compounds
- Chemical fabric softeners
- Dioxin-producing bleach
- Formaldehyde to prevent shrinkage
These additives are required in more quantity for processing synthetic fabrics. Some of these chemicals contain heavy metals which are not good for the environment and people having sensitive skins.
People having sensitive skin should avoid synthetic fabrics. They should opt for natural fabrics like cotton, linen, silk, wool, hemp or cashmere.
Author Rustam Fayziev has mastered the art of home décor and writes in his blogs about distinguish fabrics and decoration materials to help others to take benefit from it. The most popular blog of Rustam Fayziev is Alesouk.