The benefits of choosing to wear 100% cotton, instead of a cotton blend (50% polyester and 50% cotton) are a constantly evolving conversation in the textiles manufacturing industry. Function is usually the primary determining factor influencing the choice of fabric.
Workwear Basic Fabric Needs
In the design process, various factors are considered to ensure garments produced are to last and fulfill the necessary requirements without wearing and tearing prematurely. Some of these points include durability, printability, and affordability.
Comfort – Clothing made from 100% cotton is not only soft and gentle on the skin, but is also generally heavier than 50/50 cotton blend garments. They have a unique smoothness have a finer drape and are much more breathable than polyester blended fabric. Blended fabrics have the potential of aggravating skin discomfort or disorders.
Durability – Polyester/cotton blends tend to be stronger than pure cotton fabrics, while also offering a wider variety of textures. While 100% cotton may not be as durable as some polyester blended fabrics, it’s ability to offer comfort across seasons makes garments versatile and offer convenience.
Printability – 100% cotton is an ideal choice for digital four-colour printing. Pure cotton garments are less sensitive to dye migration (also known as bleeding) and easier to work with than clothing made form cotton blends. Due to cotton being a natural fibre with texture (as opposed to smooth polyester), it can easily hold on to ink applied to it through a screen. This assists in ensuring your design retains its original appearance.
Affordability – Polyester is generally more affordable than cotton, this is where 50/50 blend becomes a good compromise between polyester price and cotton’s feel. However, with workwear comfort, temperature control and support of movement is a necessity. Sweet-Orr manufactures 100% cotton.
Eco-Friendly – One of the benefits of organic cotton is that farmers have little need to buy large amounts of pesticides. This means that manufacturers of organic cotton products don’t contribute to landfills and create recyclable goods. Sweet-Orr is mindful of it’s environmental footprint, therefore produces only 100% products.
While 50/50 cotton blends may prove beneficial and far more versatile in appeal, however, workwear demands are more rigid than that of leisure, fashion or high fashion. Protective clothing requires clothing designed and stitched to meet specific needs, in order to offer adequate protection to the wearer. Sweet-Orr is dedicated to limiting its environmental footprint – focusing on producing 100% cotton. Consider our organic cotton protective workwear range.