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The pros and cons of natural and unnatural fibres

Natural fibers and unnatural (synthetic or man-made) fibers each have their own set of pros and cons, making them suitable for different applications and preferences.

More-Me tries to use natural fibres whenever possible for example we have a long list products that are made with high quality cotton such as 

-Rebel Tees

-Rebel Hoodies

-Tara Cotton Blouse

-Aruna Cotton Dress 

Let's explore the advantages and disadvantages of natural and unnatural fibres:

Natural Fibers:


  • Biodegradable: Natural fibres are generally biodegradable, meaning they can decompose naturally over time, reducing their environmental impact.
  • Breathable: Natural fibres, such as cotton and linen, are breathable, allowing air circulation and providing comfort in hot weather.
  • Comfortable: Natural fibres are often soft and comfortable to wear, making them suitable for various clothing items.
  • Eco-friendly: Many natural fibres are renewable resources, and their production requires less energy and has a lower carbon footprint compared to some synthetic fibres.
  • Hypoallergenic: Some natural fibres, like organic cotton, are less likely to cause allergies or skin irritations.
  • Biocompatibility: Natural fibres are generally well-tolerated by the human body and can be used in medical applications, such as sutures and wound dressings.


  • Prone to pests and decay: Natural fibres can be vulnerable to damage from pests like moths and insects, as well as to decay over time.
  • Water absorption: Some natural fibres, like cotton, can absorb water, leading to reduced performance in wet conditions.
  • Cost: The cost of natural fibres can be higher compared to some synthetic fibres due to factors like crop yield fluctuations and processing methods.

Unnatural Fibres (Synthetic Fibres):


  • Versatility: Synthetic fibres offer a wide range of properties, making them suitable for various applications, including durable and high-performance materials.
  • Strength: Many synthetic fibres, like polyester and nylon, are strong and have high tensile strength.
  • Easy care: Synthetic fibres are often easy to care for and require minimal ironing and maintenance.
  • Quick-drying: Some synthetic fibres, like polyester, dry quickly, making them suitable for activewear and outdoor gear.
  • Lower cost: Synthetic fibres can be produced in large quantities, leading to lower manufacturing costs.
  • Non-absorbent: Synthetic fibres are often hydrophobic and do not absorb water, making them suitable for moisture-wicking and water-resistant applications.


  • Environmental impact: Most synthetic fibres are derived from petrochemicals and are not biodegradable, leading to environmental concerns and microplastic pollution.
  • Breathability: Many synthetic fibres do not offer the same breathability as natural fibres, potentially causing discomfort in hot and humid conditions.
  • Allergies and irritations: Some people may experience skin irritations or allergic reactions to certain synthetic fibres.
  • Static electricity: Synthetic fibres can generate static electricity, leading to clinging and discomfort in some situations.
  • Non-renewable resources: The production of synthetic fibres relies on petroleum-based resources, which are finite and non-renewable.

Many of our products use unnatural fibres due to the convenience they offer. For example our Every Day Trousers are made with polyester which makes them crease resistant, fade resistant and they can be washed several times and still look good as new. Therefore, they are ideal for work.

In summary, both natural and unnatural fibres have their advantages and disadvantages, and the choice between them often depends on factors like the intended use, environmental considerations, comfort, and cost. Many consumers and manufacturers today are increasingly considering sustainable and eco-friendly options when choosing fibres for their products.


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