5 Reasons To Choose Natural Materials Over Synthetic
If you’ve never looked into the materials and fibres that your rugs, cushions, furniture and clothing is made from, then this article will give you some interesting insights if you care about your health, the environment and the quality of the products you buy.
Everyday more and more people are opting for products that are made from natural fibres.
And for good reason…
Many of the synthetic fibres that exploded onto the market last century negatively effect many areas of our day-to-day lives as well as the lives of people involved further down the supply chain.
Today we will look at the main reasons why you should choose products made from natural fibres and materials over synthetic.
But first let’s look at what materials are natural and what are synthetic.
What’s Natural and What’s Synthetic?
Natural materials are those sourced from plants and trees such as cotton, linen, hemp, jute, timber and bamboo, and also animal fibres such as wool, silk and cashmere. These are the fibres humans have used to create rugs, cushions, furniture and clothing for thousands of years.
In the last century we have seen an explosion of synthetic (man-made) fibres and materials come onto the market because they are easily mass-produced at low-cost.
Most synthetic materials are made from petrochemicals (like plastic), these materials are generally created by combining a number of chemicals and solvents to produce common synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester, plastic and spandex.
So let’s take a look at some of the reasons why choosing natural over synthetic products is becoming more and more popular.
Natural Vs Synthetic
Producing synthetic materials requires large amounts of energy, water and chemicals. The major problem with this is that many of the companies that mass produce these materials in overseas factories are not regulated properly, resulting in toxic waste leeching into the surrounding environment and polluting the soil and waterways.
They also use up large amounts of the areas natural water supply putting more pressure on local communities and farmers
Natural fibres are more comfortable and feel nicer to the touch. Natural fibres also breathe better, providing more ventilation. People with sensitive skin are also more susceptible to skin irritations caused by the toxic chemicals found in synthetic materials.
Quality natural products are often much more durable than synthetic. A quality wool rug will hold its shape and colour better that its synthetic counterpart. Synthetic materials often begin to “fuzz” and disintegrate after a number of washes. By choosing quality natural products that last longer you will reduce waste and your carbon footprint
Feel Closer To Nature
We all want to be a little closer to nature. And though you may not notice it consciously, there are great benefits to surrounding yourself with natural fibres and materials that have been sustainably produced. Natural products have a warmth, comfort and natural energy that can’t be replicated by synthetic products produced with chemicals and solvents.
Support Boutique Artisans and Developing Communities
Many developing nations rely on the production and supply of products crafted from natural materials to support their communities. Instead of buying mass produced synthetic products you can help support these communities and their developing economies, whilst also enjoying quality handmade products.
At Salt Living we are committed to supporting companies that produce sustainable, durable and high quality products made from natural materials such as…
- Ratten Furniture (Made from the Liana plant)
- Armadillo Rugs (Wool and Hemp)
- Recycled Timber Tables
- Natural Fibre Cushions (cotton/linen) with Recycled PET inserts (made from recycled bottles)
- Plus many more natural and sustainable products. Search store
As we all become more educated about our buying decisions we can start to detoxify our home and wardrobes and get a little closer nature.