Originally Posted by elkhaven
That is interesting logic... more power to you if you feel petroleum products (albeit recycled ones) are more sustainable than natural fibers - The shipping argument is legit but I think you're seriously stretching the sustainability argument. Now if you just feel bad for those poor sheep that go to all the trouble to grow themselves a nice coat only to have some asshole human come and sheer it off that would be understandable
There are 39 million sheep in New Zealand. The impact of this agriculture, which exists in large because of wool, is probably staggering. It certainly has enormous ecological and resource impact. And then we ship it across the world so people can buy it as a luxury item and call it sustainable or renewable. It's not a green product, but it hypes itself as one.
Polyester fleece, made in America, and 50% of which is made of recycled plastic, does come from petroleum. Just because "oil is the devil" doesn't mean the impact of its products is greater than all of their alternatives. Very little petroleum - plus a bunch of plastic bottles that could have ended up floating in the Pacific- make up what it takes a living, eating, shitting sheep quite a while to produce.
I dig Polartec and the "keep it here" business spirit so I'm probably a bit biased, but I think their product is more sustainable than wool. I'd love to hear from someone who knows more...