Synthetic vs natural fabrics
A rough distinction in natural fabrics can be made by distinguishing between fabrics made from natural material and synthetic material. When visiting the fabric store you can choose from a wealth of fabrics.
For example, fabrics made from natural sources are linen, cotton, wool, hemp fabric, and silk.
These fabrics all have very specific properties that you will not find in synthetic fabrics in this capacity. Cotton is probably the most common natural fiber.
Wool & linen
For example, linen is very strong and also very durable. The entire plant is used in the production of linen and its production requires little water.
Wool is one of my absolute favorite natural products and has fantastic temperature-regulating qualities.
Natural fabrics are renewable and also very important, projects made from natural materials can be repaired in many cases. That makes them the most sustainable fabrics to choose from. I must say that not all fabrics made from natural materials have a sustainable production process.
Organic fabrics are usually produced in a more “clean” way, using less water for instance. It’s always best to go for natural textiles most locally produced.
Synthetic fabrics are basically just plastic. Nylon, polyester, and acrylic are all sorts of plastic. They need various chemicals to go from plastic to fabric. If you ask me, this is a good reason to stay away from them. Also, they miss so many of the properties that can be found in natural fabrics.
So, why natural?
Synthetic fabrics are mostly used for sportswear, water-repellent uses, etc. They dry fast and are light. However, hemp fabric for instance is light as well. And, though it may not be the first type of fabric that comes to mind, wool would be a great base layer for playing sports! It can absorb a lot of sweat without you getting cold. A tightly woven 100% cotton for your outdoor pillows will be a great water-repeller.