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Why do I look down my nose at acrylics and their other unnatural fiendish accomplices?
1. First and foremost, I am a hippy. A true, "dyed in the wool" (pun intended) crunchy granola, Henry David Thoreau luddite. Natural fibers are renewable. We can get more of them. There is a very small carbon footprint associated with "growing" them. (Other than the famed methane releasing farts that are supposedly causing all this global warming-a ridiculous premise, btw.) These fibers come from animals, plants, or in the case of silk, caterpillars. These fibers do not come to us as the by products of petroleum refinement or some dude in a lab manipulating chemical polymers for maximum stretch, and then producing them by superheating stuff with a coal fired factory. No, we cut it off of animals or plants, spin it into thread, and then knit or weave it into something beautiful.
|Sheep Grazing. Just had their wool sheered off. Not scary at all.|
|Refining Crude oil, using leftovers to make acrylic fibers. Scary.|
|Wool=Warm. Just look at me! It's 20 degrees outside. Do I look cold?|
|Acrylic= not warm. I did a google search for images of acrylic sweaters outside. Couldn't find one. It was too cold.|
Pilots and soldiers (I was a soldier for seven years, so I know from experience) can't wear acrylics while flying or in the battlefield, because the melted acyrlic would be almost impossible to remove from the wound. I'll save you the details. Bad news bears.
4. Comfort. Natural fibers breathe! They were grown NOT to make an animal sweat. They were grown NOT to stick to your skin. They were grown NOT to hold every smell of every room you've ever been in. Test this. Go outside in an acrylic shirt in the summer and run around. Change into a cotton or silk shirt. Do the same thing. I'm right, and you know it.
Those are the most important reasons. Consider the ecological impact. Consider safety, warmth, and comfort. It's really a no brainer.
And a bonus!
|VIRGIN Acrylic! VIRGIN ORLON Acrylic! Like the Spray paint! Won't fade!|
"What you don’t seem to understand is that “Virgin Acrylic” refers to the fact that the acrylic sweater was never worn before. Once you bring it home and wear it for more than 20 minutes (unlike mattress tags), you are required by law to remove the “Virgin Acrylic” label. This also applies to stores when they accept virgin acrylic sweater returns. They can loose their license to sell virgin acrylic if it is discovered that they have not pulled the tags or scribbled out the word “virgin” on returned sweater labels. As to the frustrated male acrylics; wrongo, sweater breath! The acrylic is an assexual, self-reproducing organism. Duh!"
Now you know, and as GI Joe would say; knowing is half the battle.