Polyester is an oil-based synthetic fibre and is the most widely used of all the man-made fibres. As such, it is the most common fibre used in corporate wear, due to its durability and strength.

Beneficial properties:

Polyester is the best wash-and-wear fibre, in that it is easy care, shrink resistant and quick drying. It maintains good stability and excellent colour retention, as it is not damaged by sunlight or weather.

Care considerations:

Polyester is not very breathable and can have a shiny appearance, contributing to potential static build-up. It is also prone to pilling and snagging more than other fibres.

End of life possibilities:

In general, polyester is not biodegradable and therefore is not suitable for composting. However, polyester produced from recycled plastic bottles is now widely available.