icon Cotton-polyester blends data sheet.

Property summary for
Cotton-polyester blends

Cotton-polyester blends Stability chart

End of life Opportunity summary for
Cotton-polyester blends

Cotton-polyester blends Composting chart

Characteristics / options defined by the above graphs are proportionally represented and approximate,
and are only intended as a guide. As such they do not represent any industry standards. Among other
things, fabric construction and weight will influence the perceived ranking.

Data Sheet for Cotton-polyester blends

General Natural & synthetic fibre blend. Cotton & polyester blends combine the best of the properties of both fibres to provide a fabric that has easy care qualities with the comfort afforded by the moisture absorption characteristics of cotton.
Available as: Widely available. Widely available in a range blends and an equally wide range of fabric weights.
Colouration Can be dyed a wide range of colours. The bleaching and dyeing characteristics of the two fibres do differ and it is likely that a combined programme will be required to achieve the colouration required. Neither fibre is difficult to process
Very low shrinkage. The presence of polyester improves the already good performance of cotton
to pilling
Resistant to pilling. The presence of the polyester in the blend brings about an improvement to the pilling resistance
Blend dependant. Will depend on the blend composition and be between the low levels attainable with polyester to the moderate levels for cotton, 2-12%
Easy care, warm wash, gentle iron. The easy care properties associate with polyester overcome the difficulties that can be attributed to cotton. As with many properties the overall performance will depend on the blend ratio. With the higher polyester concentrations the care becomes easier. High temperature laundering can be undertaken if required.
Applications Wide range of applications. Cotton & polyester blends find applications in almost all areas associated with "image wear" in the corporate clothing sector. Lightweight fabrics are used in shirts/blouses and heavier weights can be used for skirts & trousers.
End of life
Restricted because of blend. Being a blended yarn does impose some difficulties on the end of life opportunities. Separation of the fibres is one of the biggest barriers preventing either fibre from being recycled or remanufactured. Re use as a blended fabric is restrictive and the stable nature of polyester prevents the fabrics from going into composting.
Eco aspects  
Cost scope
trade names
Specialists Carrington Career & Workwear Ltd,
Market Street
Adlington Nr Chorley Lancashire
Tel: +44 (0) 1257 476 850
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