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#1 Old 06-30-2005, 10:48 PM
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i'm looking to buy this shirt off the internet but it says that it's made out of 60% rayon. what exactly is rayon? i tried to look it up and couldn't find anything on it.



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#2 Old 06-30-2005, 11:09 PM
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It's made substantially out of wood.

http://www.fibersource.com/f-tutor/rayon.htm

I'm not sure where industrial NaOH and CS2 come from, though, used in the processing. I suspect that the NaOH, at least, is mineral in origin. CS2 is new to me so I can't speculate how it might be obtained.
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It's all right to wear... unless you have a problem with wood pulp..
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#4 Old 06-30-2005, 11:58 PM
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Yes, rayon, like nylon is made from a natural resource. A chemical is added to the wood to make a taffy-like substance that is stretched and collected in fibers, which are then weaved in to a thread.



Any guess what natural resource makes nylon? (no cheating - guess first!)

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Nope, a natural resource you could find in your own backyard...

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Nope, a natural resource you could find in your own backyard...



Gnomes?! Rayon is made from garden gnomes?! That doesn't sound very vegan.
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Isn't nylon made from coal?
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Yeppers, coal. China is mining coal like mad, but unfortunately, for a new future of coal power plants. They have about 20 people die each day mining millions of tons of coal.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programme...ht/4330469.stm

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Gnomes?! Rayon is made from garden gnomes?! That doesn't sound very vegan.



I want a lawn gnome.
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As I understand it, rayon takes a lot of energy to produce, and is usually marked "dry clean only." But you can hand wash it just fine. But, because of the energy needed to produce it, it may not be a good choice for clothing. Organic cotton is probably the best, but I'm not certain....
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As I understand it, rayon takes a lot of energy to produce, and is usually marked "dry clean only." But you can hand wash it just fine. But, because of the energy needed to produce it, it may not be a good choice for clothing. Organic cotton is probably the best, but I'm not certain....



IIRC, rayon was/is intended as a sort of synthetic silk. I don't know anything about the manufacturing process for it, but I've read that cotton needs a lot of water to grow, and that the conventional stuff gets rather a lot of pesticides. I haven't seen a quantitative comparison of the overall 'cost' of producing various fabrics for clothing, but have read claims that hemp and nettles as sources for fibers appeal from an environmental angle.
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Nudity is our only option.
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There were photos in the gallery.......
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There were photos in the gallery.......



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