New York City to ban polyester from buildings
NEW YORK CITY — New York’s first ban on polyester fabric is set to take effect this week.
The state has banned polyester since July 2014, when a state court found the fabric a danger to human health and the environment.
The ban was implemented to protect the environment, public health and consumers, but critics say the new rules don’t go far enough.
The new rule was announced on Wednesday and takes effect in a few weeks.
Polyester is made of nylon, which is highly breathable.
It has been used by manufacturers since the 1930s, and the World Health Organization says it is safe.
But the American Polyester Institute says the fabric is made to be flexible and prone to tear, and some studies have found that it can cause problems.
The institute has urged the state to scrap the rule.