In America, we have been taken over by synthetic materials. Polyesters, nylons, and rayons are everywhere. If you do a bit of research, polyester and vinyl are made from oil (source
). Rayons (including bamboo
) are cellulosic fibers from plant material that are put through a chemical process to turn them into fibers that can be used for garments.
These materials do not break down in landfills.
+500 years after each of us is dead, the synthetic fabrics and materials we use today because they are "better" than animal skins and hair, or natural plants will still be sitting in a landfill.
I, personally, am not okay with this. Especially when things like leather and sheepskin are a by-product of our food chain. Things made from leather and animal skin have a longer usable life than synthetics and break down naturally when discarded.