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Synthetic materials and artificial fibers: low cost packaging

In order to keep the creation of the packaging within the set budget, it is sometimes necessary to use synthetic and artificial materials. These materials allow the manufacture of beautiful packaging at a lower cost. 

As a company specialized in the manufacture of fabric packaging, Les Etuis Mirault are there to guide you. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, synthetic materials can be used for any project. Zipper-pouches, drawstring pouches, satchels, cases, bottle holders… There is something for everyone. Les Etuis Mirault rhyme with made in France and guaranteed handcrafted finishing touches!

Synthetic and artificial fibers: what are the differences?

Synthetic fibers are obtained through the chemical transformation of a material that does not exist as a fiber in nature. As for artificial fibers, they are the result of a chemical transformation of natural substances. The latter are of cellulosic origin (viscose, lyocell…) or proteinic. Synthetic and artificial fibers belong to the same family, that of chemical textile fibers.

What are the different synthetic and artificial fibers that we use?

  • Bamboo fiber: this artificial fiber of natural origin is made from bamboo pulp. The advantage: bamboo grows without pesticides and without intensive watering. A plus for the environment. It is a soft material that will be very appreciated for washable makeup removal discs and towels for example.
  • Satin: it can be made from silk, polyester, cotton or nylon. It refers more to a type of weaving than to the use of a specific material. It is a very chic and shiny material that can be used for drawstring pouches to hold your lingerie or jewelry.
  • Acetate: it is an artificial fiber derived from plants, resulting from the chemical reaction between cellulose and acetic acid. Looking like silk for a lower budget, this elegant material is also suitable for drawstring pouches.
  • Viscose: because of its shiny and silky aspect, it is also called “artificial silk” and is also obtained from the chemical transformation of cellulose. It is used for various packagings: drawstring pouches, cushions, cases…
  • Lyocell: this fiber is produced from wood pulp (usually eucalyptus) and a non-toxic solvent that is more than 99% recoverable. Lyocell therefore has a low impact on the environment. Also soft as silk, this fabric is perfect for your drawstring pouches and other packaging.
  • Pinatex: it is a completely vegan textile obtained from the fibers of pineapple leaves. It is a perfect ally for a zipper-pouch, a briefcase, a paper case…
  • Polyester: this is a synthetic material derived from petroleum and widely used in the textile industry. Whatever the use, polyester will have advantages for all packagings.
  • Seaqual : it is a 100% recycled polyester made of 10% of ocean waste (plastic bottles, fishing nets…)
  • Velvet: it is a fabric made of tightly woven threads and cut flat. Velvet can be made of silk, cotton, linen or polyester. It is a rather expensive material, you could choose suede for a lower budget.
  • Suede: this material, made of polyester or viscose, is reminiscent of buckskin. Soft, bright, and resistant, it will be perfect to give a luxurious look to your bottle cases for instance.
  • Microfiber: synthetic material, it is made from a mixture of polyamide and polyester. Microfiber is widely used for cleaning wipes for glasses, gloves, drawstring pouches.
  • Lycra: this elastane fiber gives greater elasticity to textiles composed of it. It is a synthetic chemical material derived from petroleum. Need a sheathing packaging? Lycra will provide flexibility and resistance while wrapping the product.
  • But also: polyester felt, non-woven, fake fur..

What are the advantages and downsides of synthetic fibers?

In terms of advantages, synthetic fibers are characterized by:

  • Good technical properties: resistance, impermeability, elasticity…
  • Their price: this type of fiber is more affordable than other materials.

For the vast majority of synthetic materials, the downsides are the negative impact of their production on the environment. They are made from petroleum and are polluting throughout their life cycle. This is less the case for artificial fibers!

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