Synthetic and Natural Fibers

What’s The Difference Between Synthetic Fibers And Natural Fibers?

All your clothing has one thing in common: their fabric has been made with either natural fibers, synthetic fibers, or a mix. Natural fibers have many benefits for clothing – they’re usually very breathable and fabrics like those made of 100% cotton are incredibly soft to the touch. Synthetic fibers, too, have their benefits – they’re usually more durable and can be imbued with technological features.

Here’s a breakdown of the main differences between synthetic and natural fibers:

Natural fibers come from nature, while synthetic fibers are completely man-made

Fiber Length:
For synthetic fibers, the length is determined by the manufacturer. Natural fibers’ length depends on nature and where the fiber came from.

Synthetic fibers have no dust or impurities, while natural fibers probably will.

Generally speaking, natural fibers are much easier to dye with certain colors than synthetic fibers.

Natural fibers are biodegradable so they will wear down over time. In contrast, synthetic fibers are made to last a very long time.


Given the pro’s and con’s of each type of fiber, it seems that fabric with a blend of natural and synthetic fibers is the way to go, so you can get the best of both worlds. Luckily for you, Medelita’s M3 lab coat fabric is made of a cotton-poly blend, so you can get softness, breathability, performance, and durability!

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