What are you wearing while STAYING AT HOME during COVID-19? Now, being almost all the time inside our shells, do we feel comfortable in our home-wearing clothes? More so, while body mobility is that much constrained to narrower horizons, is there a need to reconsider a wardrobe?
3 reasons why I have changed common sportswear trousers to yoga pants from today:
Guys, I know it is only my legs here on photos, but nevertheless, I am smiling :)!!!
- Usually, sportswear trousers are made of polyester, a synthetic fabric. Air permeability of polyester fabrics highly depends on a thickness and density of a fabric (1). In other words, our crotch does not “breath” in thick and dense sportswear, especially if wearing 24/7, I mean, all day long on a daily basis during self-isolation/quarantine. Guys, we already closed our mouths and noses with masks while going for necessary food shopping. At least one place should still breath!
our crotch does not “breath” in thick and dense sportswear
- Most synthetic polyesters are not biodegradable. It means, if going to trash after usage, that material contributes to nowadays global pollution*
- Washing of polyester fabrics (clothes) in domestic washing machines contribute considerably to microplastic pollution of water and seawater habitats because common washing releases fibers, millions of tiny fabric shreds (2). Well, if the study was conducted few years ago, we are probably eating microplastics with shrimps, fish and fish oil at least for a decade?
If thinking deeply, by wearing polyester clothes do we put plastic shrimps to our plates afterwards?
*For those who think that bacteria will manage with polyester pollution:):
You can find some information online that bacteria like Cyanobacteria and single-celled organisms like Archaea contribute to the degradation of polyesters. First of all, the statement was based on a nearly single study, even not directly related to research on biodegradation of polyester fabrics, where word “polyester” was mentioned just once in a whole scientific paper, released 15 years ago (3). Anyway, if so, find out where those bacteria live and is there enough of them to manage with tons of fashionable one-season clothes we wear; are those Cyanobacteria and Archaea are staying hungry and just waiting for humans to give them food in a form of polyester?:) Are they ready to “eat” and decompose all of synthetic polyester fibers, stained with synthetic dyes?:)
(1) Air permeability of polyester nonwoven fabrics, 2015. https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/aut/15/1/article-p8.xml
(2) Release of synthetic microplastic plastic fibres from domestic washing
machines: Effects of fabric type and washing conditions, 2016. http://www.inquirylearningcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Napper2016.pdf
(3) Saving a fragile legacy. Biotechnology and microbiology are increasingly used to preserve and restore the world’s cultural heritage, 2006. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1679785/
Photos by Dr. A. Palatronis on www.z-antenna.com