Post date: Dec 10, 2008 11:6:37 PM
The other day, on a whim, I bought some fleece sheets for my bed. I am really astounded that I would buy so much synthetic fiber at once, but I have to say, I like them. They are instantly warm when you get in bed. There is no delay in warmth that other fibers have - even flannel. I have been organizing a fiber event in honor of the UN's declaration of 2009 being the International Year of Natural Fibers: http://www.fao.org/es/esc/en/15/320/highlight_322.html Synthetic fibers have been produced at rapid rates since the 1960s, causing natural fibers to lose much of their market. The UN has been seeking to raise the profile of natural fibers to emphasize their value to end users while sustaining the farmers' incomes. In many cases, the preservation of natural fibers is paramount to sustaining certain cultures around the world. For example, the production of cotton in some west African countries is a major part of the developing nations economy. So over the last few years, I have become a fiber snob. I liken purchases of natural fibers to buying local food. It just makes sense for me to invest in my community in that small way, even if it may not be the cheapest avenue. Like wise, buying natural fibers here is, for me, an investment. Buying so much synthetic makes me strangely uncomfortable ... until it is time to go to bed.