Because polyester is manufactured from non-renewable resources, it is generally more damaging to the environment than materials made from renewable resources, such as cotton and hemp. Also, chemical reactions must occur for polyester to be made, which release gases that are not eco-friendly. Polyester can be recycled, though.
Don’t forget that cotton growing uses 25% of all the insecticides used on earth, takes vast quantities of water, and also uses huge volumes of chemical fertilizers. All of those have environmental consequences, from mining the raw materials to transportation to runoff into lakes and rivers. The trade-off for polyester, as a hydrocarbon-based material, is increased carbon emission. Some would argue that that is an acceptable trade off compared to all the impacts of cotton farming, while others would argue otherwise.
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