You’ve worked with our design team in order to create the ideal uniform- tailored, on brand, with the perfect style and fit. But, do you know what goes into that uniform? We have started a new series to guide you through some of the advantages and disadvantages of the four main fibers: wool, cotton, viscose and polyester. In this issue’s Fiber Guide 101, we are exploring polyester.
Polyester is an oil-based synthetic fiber and the most widely used of all the man-made fibers. It is the most common fiber used in corporate wear due to its durability and strength. Polyester is the best wash-and-wear fiber in that it is easy to care for, shrink resistant, and quick drying. It also maintains good stability and excellent color retention as it is not damaged by sunlight or weather.
All of these good qualities come at a premium. Polyester is not very breathable and can have a shiny appearance, contributing to potential static build-up. It is also prone to pilling and snagging more than other fibers.
In general, polyester is not biodegradable and, therefore, is not suitable for composting. However, polyester produced from recycled plastic bottles is now widely available.
To get the best out of polyester, you have to know when its strengths play to your end use. Hopefully, this guide gives you that advantage the next time you are determining your fiber needs.