Polylactic Acid (PLA)

Polylactic Acid (PLA) Fiber is a synthetic substance produced from the fermentation of plant sugars derived primarily from corn, which is then made into a fiber. Lightweight, hypoallergenic, and providing more UV protection than polyester, it uses about half the energy required to manufacture other synthetic polymers and is biodegradable. Its downside is that growing just one acre of corn, uses enough water to run a household dishwasher over 30,000 times.