Producing acryonile requires a massive amount of fossil fuels and releases toxic fumes into the air and atmosphere.
Each time that acrylic yarn is washed in a standard in-home washing machine, approximately 730,000 microplastics are released into the water. Although microplastics are microscopic in size, they add up fast. Studies have concluded that up to 85% of the man-made waste on shorelines around the world is made up of microplastics!
It has also been proven that, when items made with acrylic yarns are disposed of, they can take up to 200 years to fully biodegrade. Because of this, synthetic yarns contribute to the world-wide plastic pollution crisis.
@outz@Trinityscrew 200 years to completely degrade is not so bad either. A plastic grocery store bag can take 500-1000 years. A diaper can can 750 yrs. Those are much more common than acrylic and very few will abandon either. Not saying it needs to be all or nothing but these post aren’t moving the conservation effort anywhere, they’re mostly trolling.
@cbl_wv I am not allergic (didn’t even know you could be), but I hate plastic. My best friend being a meteorologist/climatologist and both of us having infinite love for Nature certainly doesn’t help either.
@sammydog01 Sammy, yeah I’m certain, there is something about the way the plastic fibers are aligned, that there are “hard edges” in the yarns or something like that… anyway, I don’t need a label to “know” something is acrylic, I’ll get huge skin irritation/swelling within several minutes of having it next to my skin. It’s not a treatment, and I know the yarns “feel soft” and even fluffy to the touch, but… Nope.