How did this happen?
Polyester, made from petroleum, is a a cheap and diverse material, which has made it a popular choice in the fashion industry since the 1950s.
Polyester was the first ‘mainstream’ material, introduced to the market by the American company DuPont. The material was blended with existing fabrics such as wool to produce lightweight and versatile material, able to be purchased cheaply.
Since then, due to innovation and development, synthetic fabrics have increased in popularity from active wear (I’m looking at you Bondi), to rain jackets. Common synthetic fibers used today are: Polyester, Nylon, Acrylic, Spandex, and Rayon.