THE PLASTIC WE WEAR BECOMES THE PLASTIC WE EAT
Posted by : Mary Wutz /
"“You are what you eat is a truism hard to argue with,” writes Pollan, “and yet it is, as a visit to a feedlot suggests, incomplete, for you are what what you eat eats, too. And what we are, or have become, is not just meat but number 2 corn and oil.”
I have thought about this even more so recently as it relates to the intersection of food and fiber: not only do we indirectly consume oil through our food products, but we also wear it.
In 1951 polyester suits went on sale in the United States. The fiber came not from a textile mill as it had done for decades previously, but instead from the DuPont chemical factory. Since then, the use of polyester in clothing has skyrocketed. Today, synthetic fabrics – polyester, nylon, acrylic – dominate the market. Our wardrobes filled not with cotton, linen and hemp as they were for centuries, but instead polyethylene terephthalate, commonly referred to as PET, a plastic made from crude oil."
PC: Food and Fibers Project