Back in 2010, when I was discovering my allergy to synthetic fabrics and surfaces, I decided to do a little research, thinking, “Could there be a link between my chemical allergies and my bad reaction to 100% polyester sheets?”
Turns out, that may very well be true. I started to research how polyester is made and came across polyester resin. Lo and behold, the process involves propylene glycol, which I’m very allergic to!
Polyester resin is used in a number of items from bathtubs to counter tops and more. This realization helped me figure out why I had a long-standing patch of bad eczema on my right wrist: it was resting on laminate counter top all day! I placed a piece of paper under my wrist and the eczema never came back. Now, I cover my desk with glass at work and at home, I use bandannas underneath my slide-out keyboard and mouse. There are different types of laminate, but the cheap stuff is made with polyester resin, unfortunately.
- in construction as an adhesive
- luggage: as adhesive holding on the metal hardware
- outdoor furniture
- packaging: bonding the plastic and cardboard together in blister packaging
- underground utility boxes
- sheet moulding compound
- automotive panels
- carbon fiber