5 Toxic Fabrics That Can Be Harmful And Their Alternatives

We know you love your clothes, whether it’s that new black sweater you bought the other day or that cool t-shirt you found on sale.

While discovering a new clothing item is fun, the fabric you’re wearing may sometimes be toxic for your body.

It may cause skin problems, bad odors and other health related issues for this article. we’re talking all that and more let’s start off with a very popular fabric.

1. Nylon.

Starting from socks to underwear, nylon is one of the most used fabrics.

The best thing about it is that it’s cheap to make, compared to cotton or cashmere that is.

But that’s not the only reason for its popularity, nylon is also more durable so you might be wondering, how can such an awesome fabric be bad for my body.

Well there are always two sides to a coin, nylon doesn’t absorb sweat from your body. more importantly nylon fabric has an intermediate binding ratio with P aeruginosa a type of bacteria this can cause both bad body odor as well as skin infections moving on.

2. Polyester.

They are smooth and usually feel very soft when you touch them this is why it’s not hard to see why polyester is especially popular for sports wear.

Although you didn’t say that polyester is very skin friendly, polyester isn’t a very breathable fabric, this means once again much like nylon when you perspire it won’t absorb the sweat.

There’s also another problem, the lack of air circulation, in a study it was found that people who wore clothes made up of polyester, were more likely to get infections or have worse body odor than those who wore cotton.

This is because bacteria grows easier on polyester than it does on cotton moving on.

3. Spandex.

It is fun to watch superheroes wear spandex suits and fly into action, unfortunately it’s pretty sobering to learn just how dangerous spandex is on the human skin.

Especially if you’ve been wearing it for a long period of time, spandex is another one of those fabrics that doesn’t help sweating.

When you sweat into spandex it sticks around collecting bacteria, this is how you end up with skin allergies and a horrible smell that just won’t go away.

4. Rayon.

Rayon is often the fabric of choice when it comes to making scarves ,socks and even dresses.

Interestingly, rayon is also used in the tire industry to create tire Codd, yeah we know that sounds like rayon is very versatile and a useful fabric.

Unfortunately it has its downsides as well, you see rayon is made up of wood pulp if you’ve ever been to a rayon manufacturing facility, which probably isn’t on your bucket list.

You would know that rayon doesn’t smell nice rayon often emits toxic substances that can cause headaches and nausea.

In the process of making rayon chemicals such as titanium dioxide, hydrochloric acid and carbon sulfate are used.

In many cases the toxic chemicals tend to linger on the fabric which can cause problems for the person wearing it.

This is why it’s on the list and we don’t recommend sporting it, speaking of which this brings us to another toxic fabric.

5. Acrylic.

Do you own an acrylic sweater or maybe a carpet. if so you’re responsible for releasing more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibers into the environment.

A team of researchers spent more than 12 months on a study, they found that clothes made up of acrylic fabrics released the most amount of microscopic plastic fibers into the environment.

Sounds bad, while there’s more it’s been suggested that these microscopic plastic fibers have a negative impact on the food chain.


Some say it may reduce the ability of certain organisms to absorb natural energy from food, some have even looked into the role it plays in behavioral changes of crabs.

There you have it those are some of the most worn fabrics. what would have thought they’d be so toxic? don’t worry though, we have some alternatives:

1. Cotton.

Here is the first relieving fact about cotton, it’s fully breathable. yes cotton provides better air circulation in the fabrics we mentioned before.

More importantly it’s not harsh on the skin this is why cotton is often the first choice when it comes to clothing.

More importantly the air circulation helps you to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Interestingly, cotton is also the most widely produced natural fiber on the planet. this means that it won’t be hard to find cotton.

More importantly cotton is usually hypoallergenic. so you won’t have to deal with any allergic reactions in your skin. cotton is impressive but it’s not the only one.

2. Silk.

There is a reason why the famous silk route is one of the most well known historical routes.

After all one would want to miss the opportunity to get their hands on this fabric. oh ho no we aren’t just talking about its texture.

Similar to cotton, there aren’t too many people who are allergic to silk. in a recent study it was found that children with eczema actually showed some improvement when they wore it.

The same thing was also found when they slept on pillows made out of silk.

Silk pillowcases are often recommended as they’re believed to help reduce acne. it was found that while they can’t really cure acne they can definitely reduce it.

There you go now you have another reason to like silk.

3. Cashmere.

Not sure what it is? there’s a simple way to describe cashmere. picture wool but softer so soft you can hardly feel the weight of it even if you were to wear a jacket made from it.

Is such a light fabric useful oh yes and incredibly warm. made from the wool of 1/10 ng goat found in the Himalayas.

Cashmere has been a popular fabric for a very long time. unfortunately it’s rather rare which is why it’s treated as a valuable material.

Cashmere also doesn’t require the usage of chemicals to be created. this smooth fabric can be weaved naturally.

This is also one of the reasons why it’s hard to make knockoff versions of it. let’s talk about the next alternative fabric .

4. Wool.

Why is wool so special? well for starters it’s fire resistant and it doesn’t require chemical inputs.

More importantly wool doesn’t lose shape or become saggy over time. wool is also quite soft and isn’t known to give allergic reactions on your skin.

This fabric can regulate both temperature as well as moisture. so those infections won’t be bothering you.

Another interesting thing is that wool provides protection against ultraviolet rays of the Sun. so you won’t have to worry about sun damage when you’re out wearing your favorite sweater.

5. Bamboo.

Yes we are talking about bamboo made cloths.

Although this is not a traditional material for clothing. bamboo has become popular over the years.

one of the biggest plus points of weaving a cloth from bamboo is its thermo regulating property. it’s highly breathable, provides better air circulation and can easily absorb the moisture from your body.

So unlike polyester or nylon you won’t have to worry about allergies, rashes or infection with bamboo.

Similar to wool bamboo also provides protection from ultraviolet rays of the Sun, do you want more?

Well it’s biodegradable too. so every time you buy clothes made out of bamboo you’re helping the environment. do you like these alternatives well we aren’t done yet.

6. Hemp.

Do you want a fabric that can make you feel comfortable, then Hemp the one for you. it’s a soft fabric that isn’t easily worn out.

It’s a durable fabric that doesn’t face stretching issues over time. what’s more? Hemp gets softer as you wear it.

Hemp is also one of the most cost-effective fabrics in the world. this is one of the reasons why hemp has gained popularity in the market.

Many manufacturers have started to show interest in this fabric. on top of that the recent legalization of Hemp has had a new revolution in the agriculture of the northwestern United States.

So it won’t be surprising if we get to see more clothes made out of hemp in the future. after looking at so many decent alternatives, it also makes you wonder why we stick to toxic ones.

Did you find this article helpful? would you consider any of the alternatives we listed for you?