Bio-Based-Synthetics – Petrochemicals 14-03-2022

Bio-Based-Synthetics – Petrochemicals

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-Next-Gen ‘Bio-Based’ Synthetics Are Here, But When Will They Replace Polluting Polyester?

Synthetic materials, including polyester and polyamide (nylon), should be considered the ‘sharp end’ of the textile industry’s urgent need for next-gen materials. Synthetics account for around 62% of the global fiber market: that’s 80 million metric tonnes (MT) in 2020, projected to reach around 100 million by 2030. It is by far the fastest-growing fiber category, and that is a serious concern in environmental, social, and, if you’re a fashion brand, economic terms (which I’ll come to in a minute).  Bio-Based-Synthetics – Petrochemicals

Synthetic fibers are mostly made from finite fossil fuels, whose environmental damage begins during the extraction process and continues for hundreds or thousands of years. For polyester, crude oil is chemically processed into polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pellets, which can be formed into plastic bottles or extruded into yarns for textiles.

Polyester textiles have an estimated footprint of around 30kg of CO2e per kilogram over their lifetime; with some 27.2kg of this attributable to fiber and fabric production. While these numbers might seem ‘immaterial’ to us directly, they reveal a fundamental truth: that circularity isn’t a viable route to ‘sustainable synthetics’ and recycled PET (rPET) is not the answer. Why? Because the processing of polyester into yarns and textiles devours most of the energy–not the raw material phase that recycling replaces. I never thought I’d say this, but recycling, in this context, is unsustainable.  Bio-Based-Synthetics – Petrochemicals

Next-Gen ‘Bio-Based’ Synthetics Are Here, But When Will They Replace Polluting Polyester?

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