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Apr 22, 2019 - 3:06:57 PM

mander

USA

3240 posts since 10/7/2007

When I was in High School, I worked at Albertson's and we had to wear these polyester suits that I often thought would make great Arctic wear. Durable, tougher than any fabric would have a right to be. After three years of nearly daily wear, it looked the same it had when it was new.

Several years ago, (I'm guessing five,) something left behind a feather down comforter that was, well, passed its prime, a real Goodwill reject. I didn't know for sure what the outer shell was, but it struck me as tough. I pondered over how to dispose of it, and decided to experiment. I placed it in a compost pile and promptly forgot all about it, until today.

I was hand tilling in the garden, and hit someone hard enough to make my shovel bounce. I knew it wasn't a rock, but it took awhile to figure out what it was. It was that dern stupid comforter. All the feathers inside rotted out, but the outer shell, while caked in clay soil, looked very much like it did the day I buried it in the compost pile. Well, that answered that question. The shell must be polyester.

I don't know what to do with it. If five years of rotting in my back yard didn't break it down, what will? I'd burn it, but mercy, that would stink.

Suggestions? Thoughts?

Edited by - mander on 04/22/2019 15:08:00

Apr 22, 2019 - 3:13:05 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

22699 posts since 8/3/2003

Throw it in the trash? Take it to the dump? Dig a hole and bury it? Some items take years and years, if ever, to decompose. Must have some sort of chemical makeup that keeps it from rotting. Check out the chemical makeup of polyester and see if its components are decomposible and if so, how long does it take? Plastic sacks seem to last forever, so it must have some sort of plastic in it? That's question rather than a statement, since I have no idea what it's chemical makeup is, just conjecturing.

Apr 22, 2019 - 3:19:52 PM
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8489 posts since 2/22/2007

Thread title would make a good band name.

Apr 22, 2019 - 4:47:58 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

12272 posts since 9/27/2007

Polyester releases micro fibers into all our waterways.

I figure every time I eat fish & shellfish I'm eating polyester!

I'd take your duvet cover to the dump. It'll take longer to get to the ocean from there.

Apr 22, 2019 - 4:52:25 PM
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Buddur

USA

2642 posts since 10/23/2004

I had a polyester suit, pants and zippered long sleeve top, I think it was for working out, and must've been in late 1970s. The top had a collar that one side always flipped up and never layed flat. That was when I learned that polyester is actually plastic...when I tried to iron the collar flat.... and melted the dang thing off.

Apr 22, 2019 - 5:12:03 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15367 posts since 6/5/2008

Poly Ester. Never met the kid. Genuine plastic, nothing fake about it.

Apr 22, 2019 - 5:16:52 PM
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566 posts since 4/22/2018

I can't answer your question a mander but can I add some orange polyester sheets to the mix? I can remember every little hang nail snagging and also the Sparks of static electricity when you moved around..... I'm not sure if I should say it, but thank goodness that by the end of the 1970's we had moved on to cotton duvet covers, if we still had the polyester sheets when puberty hit, I can't imagine what the fire risk would have been.

Apr 22, 2019 - 5:30:47 PM
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oly

USA

1310 posts since 5/27/2006

So, my polyester leisure suit is still good?

Apr 22, 2019 - 5:42:08 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

12272 posts since 9/27/2007

I was a bartender in the late 70's at a place called the Birdcage lounge!

The Mens uniform was black polyester pants & a red poly shirt with those kinda pirate arms with the big cuffs  & black buttons on them.

The Ladies uniform out of polyester had a floor length skirt with a slit up the side almost up to the waist.

The top tied in the front with a bare midriff & pretty much everything else! Somebodies Gradma embroidered birds on them.

They had one of those uniforms on a hanger & when they would come in to apply I would show them the getup first.

Some would just laugh as I stood there in my dorky Sinbad shirt! 

I bet those outfits are still in pretty good shape in a landfill somewhere.

Happy Earth Day! 

Edited by - bubbalouie on 04/22/2019 17:43:48

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:47:34 PM

mander

USA

3240 posts since 10/7/2007

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Originally posted by banjo bill-e

Thread title would make a good band name.


Yikes!

Leopard spandex and buffo hair for the ladies, checkered suits and mutton chops for the men?

Space age genre?

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