Despite an undeserved negative image, synthetics are still a crucial part of our modern way of life. They are cool, chic and are still widely used by the luxury houses. The synthetic industry will be worth $ 85 billion in 2025. Here are few things you should know about synthetics…
Synthetics are used by the luxury sector
Few people realize how synthetics are widely used and loved by fashion houses, even in the luxury field. From the Calvin Klein eco-PVC faux fur coat to Moncler puffers and the most famous canvas of all : the “Toile monogram” from Louis Vuitton (a luxury PVC). Synthetics are beautiful.
Louis Vuitton’s makes PVC a unique luxury product
A responsibly sourced fiber
Like everything, synthetics can be produced poorly or in complete responsibility. ECOPEL faux fur sources its raw fiber in Japan. Their modacrylic fiber is carefully produced in line with the highest local standards. The same goes for Japanese company Daiichi Orimono, suppliers of polyester for Prada and Céline…(read more here about this family run company)
Our polyester and nylon is more densely woven than any others on the market (Ryuji Yoshioka manager of Daiichi Orimono)
Worker at Daiichi Orimono (Japan)
Synthetic is innovation
Synthetics are used to create innovative technical textiles our society still needs today. In R&D departments, researchers are developing smart textiles like here, a new synthetic that can keep you cooler than any other material.
A limited environmental impact
Although it is a common assumption that textiles made from natural materials such as cotton and silk are more environmentally friendly (…) the case for polyester fiber proves this to be incorrect (“Polyester Recycling” - Textiles Environment Design Chelsea College of Art & Design London)
Polyester have a less impact then cotton or animal-based fibers and can be recycled. Scientists from the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) even found a way to repeatedly recycle polyester. (read more here)
Greener synthetics are on their way
All fibers have an impact but the environmental performance of synthetics can be greatly improved. ECOPEL faux fur, is already offering a range of recycled teddy fur and will be launching in 2019 the first ever bio-based faux fur (40% of plant ingredients).
Recycled Teddy faux.
Faux fur is the luxury of synthetics