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Polyester Fleece
January 16, 2012 - 9:45 pm

Has anyone read this about Patagonia and polar fleece?  Wow. 


My head has been buried in the sand on polyester.  I like polyester pants and button up shirts for work simply because they don't wrinkle much and I can wear them a few times before washing.  I live in polar fleece all winter on Fridays and weekends.


I went through my closet this afternoon after reading the article this morning and thinking about it for a few hours.  I let go of some polyester clothing (mostly aspirational or I don't wear anyway), put three items in my maybe box, and kept a few. 


My daughter went and looked at her things.  Most children's sleepwear is 100% polyester appears.  She let go 2 things, but the good news is, she will be growing out of most of her clothing in the next year and we can make sure what we replace is not polyester.

Beth Terry
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January 16, 2012 - 10:08 pm

Hi MTNgirl.  Your link is not working for some reason.  Can you just post the web address here?  I do know about polar fleece and ocean plastic pollution, but I haven't read anything new this morning about Patagonia. Where did you see it?

January 17, 2012 - 8:33 am

Here's a link to a Mother Jones article on this:


I rarely buy/wear polyester, but I do love my fleece to get me through the winter.  I was so sad to read this.  I am not about to just get rid of the fleece I have, but I will think a lot about buying new stuff.  I am so glad that Patagonia is on this as I trust them to find a better way — eventually!

I must add, on the topic of polyester kids pajamas — most of them ARE made from polyester and they contain chemical flame retardants that are known carcinogens, and trace elements of these chemicals can be found in our blood!  We do get exposure to those chemicals in our lives in other ways as well, but I have never bought those types of pajamas for my daughter because I didn't want her sleeping with those chemicals for hours every night.  There is another trend to “wear snug fitting” cotton pajamas as a fire protective alternative.  Mostly I have purchased organic cotton pajamas/long johns from HannahAndersson.  A bit pricey (I have often gotten them on sale) but I figured well worth it, and they wear well and last a long time.  As she is outgrowing that style, she's been wearing regular old t-shirts and leggings to sleep in — no fire retardant! 

January 17, 2012 - 10:57 am

I don't know how old your daughter is, but I've managed to find a lot of cotton pajamas for my girls, even at the major chain stores.  They're not as warm as fleece, but I like that they breathe better.  And when they get to size 6 or so, you can find flannel.

January 17, 2012 - 5:17 pm

I found the article at “Citizen Green,” here you go!  http://www.tippecanoegreen.blo…..-robe.html


Amy, I just finished my second reading of Deanna Duke's (Crunchy Chicken) book the “Nontoxic Avenger.”  She talked about the fire retardants in kids pajamas.  Scary.  I read somewhere years ago that the legislation for childrens pajamas tight fitting/fire retardants was due to the primary heat source being wood. That still stands in some places, but certainly not with us. 


I found her a couple pairs of organic cotton pajamas at-sorry!-Walmart last year.  She prefers the fleece for warmth, though I provide learning moments regarding chemicals when I can!  (She will get there, her favorite movie is “No Impact Man!”)

January 17, 2012 - 6:15 pm

I just read the above Mother Jones article!  So, nylon sheds fibers too?  Aaack!  I am one of those people wearing Outdoor Performance clothing everyday, even for work!  I have to draw the line on replacing the nylon items.  I love my REI nylon zip-off pants, black REI travel pants, and Macabi skirts.  I wear them constantly for work, travel, home, and dressy occassions!  They are well made and I have each item for 7-10 years and still going strong.

June 16, 2012 - 10:35 pm

MTNGirl, I think some balance is needed – if you’re getting such excellent wear out of products, the net environmental cost might be better than if you went through several substandard products. 

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