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[*] posted on 28-11-2016 at 08:25


Quote: Originally posted by Sulaiman  

I find that natural fibers 'breathe' allowing sweat to evaporate rather than run down my body.


This depends mostly on how the fiber is woven and less on the choice of fiber.
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[*] posted on 28-11-2016 at 08:40


In related news.

"Microbeads are typically abrasives found in some facial scrubs, shower gels, toothpastes, shampoos, and soaps. They also can be fragments of plastic bags, or bits of plastic fiber in clothes."
"Canada this month took steps toward joining the United States in banning the sale of personal-hygiene products that contain tiny plastics known as microbeads." (Reddit headline)
http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2016/11/28/Canada-sets-i...

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"researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara found that, on average, synthetic fleece jackets release 1.7 grams of microfibers each wash. It also found that older jackets shed almost twice as many fibers as new jackets."
"Microbeads, recently banned in the US, are a better-known variety of microplastic, but recent studies have found microfibers to be even more pervasive."
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/20/microfib...

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[*] posted on 10-12-2016 at 08:12


Around the 6 minute mark is really sad.
http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2016/12/world/midway-plastic-...

A new egg for Wisdom the Laysan albatross! At 66 she is the oldest confirmed wild bird in the world. Great momma!
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"Island of midway is where she nests."

"So pretty protected. Nothing there but a US Military base."

"And a few FAA guys, FWS people, and a bunch of Thai workers. And probably the most remote bar in the world. And a shitload of plastic in the ocean that these guys ingest and feed to their chicks.
Source: Oceanographer; been there, played volleyball with the Thai guys outside the aforementioned bar, and unfortunately saw the dead baby birds with stomachs full of lighters, line, and bottle caps."
https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/5hkdd7/a_new_egg_for_...

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[*] posted on 26-12-2016 at 15:02


I happened to see some T-shirts labeled staycool temperature control on some "100% cotton" shirts and was perplexed by what it could be. So apparently there's some phase-change material in some ordinary Jockey T-shirts these days. Jockey said there was all of a gain of 3 degrees cooler than a ordinary T-shirts. On the care instructions it says tumble dry low. Somewhere I read it was a wax, and I wondered if it was something like coconut oil that melts around room temperature.
Anyway here's an example of 100% cotton with some mysterious encapsulated waxy material I don't think I'd want even if it is inert. Wonder what the threads look like under a microscope, if you could see any difference? How might the encapsulation bonded to the cotton work/adhere and what would the environmental impact be, if the particles are of any concern, like the microbead problem.?
https://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2012/cg_3.html
http://www.jockey.com/catalog/product/jockey-staycool-crew-n...

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[*] posted on 8-1-2017 at 15:55


Saw this on Reddit today. Some good footage.
Plastic China (2017) - a sobering look at what actually happens after our recycled are collected. Our trashes are shipped to China and processed by workers (many of them elderly women and children) working in dangerous and toxic conditions
塑料王国媒体版 王久良 超清
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsFdEXyXjBU

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[*] posted on 9-1-2017 at 06:38


I too, FAR prefer cotton to synthetics.

Although for a labcoat, I stick to wearing a heavy leather trenchcoat, that is, for looks, past its best, and I bought others. The reason for that, being it doesn't absorb flammables if spilled as easily as fabric, acids, bases etc. are slower to both burn through and to soak through to burn ME than a cotton labcoat would be.

Been contemplating doing what I like for leathers worn for comfort/looks with the scrappy old one (any rents in that old coat used in the lab, are at the back, which of course is unlikely to be facing something trying to cause mischief.) for leathers worn for pleasure, I like to line them with Pb dust shot in sealed plastic packets, covered by a liner
so as to provide as much extra weight as is practical and attach a few straps to go round the body for tight compression. Thought came to me the other night, why not line the scrappy old trench with lead sheet, fashioned into scale-mail not only for a more comfortable bit of clothing, but it would have the added benefit of being able to take some pretty severe punishment in case of an accident, that leather will slow, but if it were a standard cotton labcoat being worn, things like 98% H2SO4 would go straight through it, and burn the wearer. That leather trench, unmodified with compression and weighting has stood up to concentrated acid in time for it to be washed off (albeit near instantly) without causing any but minor damage. But something like sulfuric of that concentration for example, would eat through a cotton labcoat in no time flat, and soak in straight away whilst doing it, burning the wearer. Un-leaded leather coats (its a sensory thing, if anyone is wondering, auties usually like compression of the body, weighting the coat and adding leather belt-fashion bands for compression on a leather jacket several times too small, for me makes for a really quite comfy item of clothing.

But I just bet, especially if the lead were to be on the outside rather than in, that it would aid lab attire in surviving what would otherwise disintegrate the likes of cotton cloth.

Definitely more in favour of natural fibers rather than synthetics on the whole, silk aside due to the inherent cruelty involved in its manifacture, not that the likes of me could afford it, run the lab and eat, but I dislike intensely practices such as the throwing of live moth larvae into boiling H2O. As for wool..no. Just...no. The mere thought of the texture of the stuff makes my skin crawl, and I just cannot, and will not touch woolen anything. The one exception was a woolen fleece that had a fabric inner lining. That was tolerable, but it fell victim to an incident involving some manner or manners of alkyl and/or aryl R-SH, which after having to stay in the same clothing for about a week whilst the mercaptan compound(s?) worked their way out of my system (produed in-vivo as metabolite(s?) of something, not at all pleasant having odoriferous thiol derivatives in one's proximity, and when part of the total content is coming from INSIDE one, including nasal fluid, that is something most aversive, to say the very least)

So, All that clothing had to stay unchanged for the duration, and be bagged, taken to the middle of nowhere, and burnt, because there was no way in hell they could have been put into the outside household bin. The shoes and metal piercings were the only things worn which were able to be salvaged. Just think of what, for example, lower-weight alkyl mercaptans are like, then imagine producing it in your nose. For incidents which cause no physical harm to the subject experiencing them, unless Se or Te were to be involved in place of sulfur, things don't GET much more traumatic than producing them IN your nose:D
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[*] posted on 14-1-2017 at 01:52


Quote: Originally posted by Morgan  

"The range of plastic microfibres found ingested/internalised by organisms studied here included modified acrylic, polypropylene, viscose, polyester, and acrylic. Polypropylene has been found to adsorb PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), nonylphenol and DDE, an organochlorine pesticide7. Polyethylene, a type of polyolefin fibre whose chemical composition in part is the basis of some polyester fibres (e.g. polyethylene terephthalate), has been found to adsorb four times more PCBs than polypropylene44. Polypropylene has also been found to adsorb a range of metals in a marine environment; the concentrations of most of these metals did not saturate over a year period suggesting plastics in the oceans for long time periods accumulate greater concentrations of metals."
Plastic microfibre ingestion by deep-sea organisms
http://www.nature.com/articles/srep33997


Well that bit in the middle about polyethylene being the basis of PET is flat out bullshit. Why do they think that, because they both have the words 'polyethylene'in their non-systematic names.
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[*] posted on 14-1-2017 at 01:59


Quote: Originally posted by Morgan  

"The range of plastic microfibres found ingested/internalised by organisms studied here included modified acrylic, polypropylene, viscose, polyester, and acrylic. Polypropylene has been found to adsorb PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), nonylphenol and DDE, an organochlorine pesticide7. Polyethylene, a type of polyolefin fibre whose chemical composition in part is the basis of some polyester fibres (e.g. polyethylene terephthalate), has been found to adsorb four times more PCBs than polypropylene44. Polypropylene has also been found to adsorb a range of metals in a marine environment; the concentrations of most of these metals did not saturate over a year period suggesting plastics in the oceans for long time periods accumulate greater concentrations of metals."
Plastic microfibre ingestion by deep-sea organisms
http://www.nature.com/articles/srep33997


Well that bit in the middle about polyethylene being the basis of PET is flat out bullshit. Why do they think that, because they both have the words 'polyethylene'in their non-systematic names.
I hate them already.
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So Swiss Miss, she spends her waking hours absolutely focused on being near me, until anything living (other than a human or a plant) enters the picture, at that point she becomes absolutely focused on killing that living thing be it a fly, a kangaroo, a cow, a mouse, it's so otherworldly, she has no sense of herself during these phases, destroying her physical body without pause, or even acknowledgement and she's so quiet about it, very disturbing initially, when you first fully understand this about her.
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