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Synthetic Fabrics Host More Stench-Producing Bacteria

Synthetic Polyester Fabrics

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  • After a workout, odor-causing bacteria collect in polyester shirts far more so than in cotton shirts according to new research
  • The polyester shirts were “significantly less pleasant and more intense” and smelled “more musty, sour and ammonia-like than the cotton”
  • Nanoparticles, including nanosilver, may be added to shirts to fight bacteria, but they may come out of the shirt during washing, leading to potential environmental harm
  • Synthetic clothing may contain perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) for stain proofing, endocrine-disrupting nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE), and even toxic triclosan to kill bacteria
  • Choose organic clothing made from environmentally friendly fabrics and natural dyes, or make clothing from recycled materials

By Dr. Mercola

Synthetic polyester workout wear has become popular because it’s lightweight and fast-drying. But there‘s a downside to opting for synthetics over cotton, especially for those working out around you…

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