Why we need a new polyester jacket
An Australian designer says we need to rethink the way we wear polyester jackets, and she wants to prove it.
Nathalie Jorgensen’s latest idea is a new, ultra-lightweight jacket made of a blend of wool, polyester and breathable polyester.
Jorgensen says she’s not a fashion designer, but her aim is to make an affordable, eco-friendly and versatile clothing that will fit any lifestyle.
She says the wool blends are made from natural fibers, which are less prone to feathering, but they still come in different densities, and that makes the jacket more breathable and more absorbent.
The wool also feels warmer than cotton, she says, and the polyester feels warmer, too.
“The fabric has a very high degree of warmth, because it’s made of synthetic fibers,” she says.
“You don’t get the warmth of wool when you’re sitting in the cold, but when you get out into the heat you can feel the warmth and the warmth is great.”
Jorgenson said her goal is to have a jacket made in a few months that will be affordable and comfortable, but will also be environmentally friendly.
The idea has been backed by the Sustainable Wool Council of Canada, which said it was pleased to see the idea of a lightweight jacket.
“We’re very impressed with Nathalie’s innovative, innovative, and bold approach to creating a product that is truly made for the outdoors,” says the SWC’s CEO, Sarah Waugh.
“Nathie has an eye for quality, and a passion for the natural world.”
She added that her new jacket will be available in October at the SLC and at her own store.
She said she wanted to bring polyester back into the mainstream, and was excited about how it could be used to create an environmentally friendly alternative to synthetic fabrics.
“It will be a great alternative to the polypropylene that we’ve been using for decades,” she said.
“And it will also bring some much needed economic benefits for the industry.”
But her business plan isn’t limited to the wool.
Jorge is also developing a new brand of polyester, called Light, which she hopes to launch in 2018.
Light will be the same fabric as the new polyesters, but the main difference will be that Light will be made with biodegradable materials.
Jergensen said she was hoping the new Light jacket would also be able to be made in the U.S.
A spokesperson for the Canadian Wool Council says that’s not going to be possible.
“This is not a decision that can be made lightly, because there are environmental, social and economic implications to be considered,” says SCC spokesperson Michelle Bicknell.