Acetate fabrics are made with spun filaments of cellulose taken from wood pulp. It is a chemical textile or sometimes called semi-synthetic. Acetate flakes are generated by a reaction of the wood pulp to a variety of acetic acids. Acetate fabric drapes nicely but has no elasticity and melts when heated. Acetate can biodegrade depending on how its discarded, but is not environmental friendly since it contains many heavy chemicals. Some of these chemicals are plasticisers derived from petroleum, including the much-discussed and very toxic phthalates.

bergstrand material GUIDE ranking*

Discouraged for use as a fabric.


Discouraged materials may be made from synthetic or non-renewable resources, and may be produced using methods that have a high environmental impact. While these materials may be less expensive or easier to work with than other options, they may not be the most sustainable or ethical choices for clothing production.
* The Bergstrand Material Guide Ranking is only a guide. Our consultants can help with accurate assessments of your brand’s use of materials.
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