There are two main arguments made for synthetics – they are cheap, and they offer high performance.
We won’t address the (artificially) low price point here, but Celliant Viscose is one of a new breed of natural fibres that offer synthetic-like qualities – in this instance, capturing a wearer’s body heat and reflecting it back as infrared energy, increasing oxygenation, improving temperature regulation and more. And it’s not the only one – Natural Fiber Welding’s Clarus is another example of how we can ‘upgrade’ natural fibres to give them superpowers. So next time you’re looking for a functional fibre, don’t automatically turn to synthetics. Nature is our best teacher.