Why Naturally Organic Materials are Better than Polyester?

SHISAKO is committed to using naturally organic materials, regardless of cost and time. 

In previous blogs, we have discussed the type of leather and processing used to ensure that our brand has a minimal impact on the planet and human health. 

Aside from leather, we also use cotton as a material in the lining of our bags, as well as the whole composition of our hats. 

The downside of using 100% cotton is its price. Cotton is more expensive than a cotton blend with polyester. However, we want to produce products in the most sustainable way possible without using any plastics. 

Why Natural Fibres? 

Some natural fibres to look for are cotton, linen, hemp, and wool. These fibres do not contain synthetic materials like polyester and nylon. 

These natural fibres are renewable and biodegradable, which makes them better for our soil and waterways while having a lower environmental impact. 

Cotton vs. Polyester

Cotton is a porous, hypoallergenic, and natural fibre, and poses less of an environmental concern than other fibres as it is both sustainable and biodegradable. 

However, processing cotton requires a lot of water usage. This is a downside of the fibre, but, SHISAKO’s mission is to create pieces that will last and that you can use every day. By investing in these pieces, we hope to combat overproducing and subsequently over-consuming.

Contrastingly, polyester is an artificial unsustainable fibre, and unlike cotton, it is not biodegradable. The material is created through a chemical reaction that involves petroleum, air, and water. 

Although polyester can be recycled, it can take up to 200 years to decompose, whereas cotton, takes around 5 months. 

When broken down polyester can be extremely toxic to our waterways and ecosystems by way of pollution. For this reason, the decomposition of polyester can affect marine life which could potentially have health consequences for human beings in the future. 

Other Fabrics to Keep in Mind 

Aside from cotton, linen, wool, and hemp are also sustainable options to look for when purchasing products. 

Polyester is more commonly used in products because naturally organic fabrics are more expensive to process, which causes brands to blend or use synthetic materials to lower prices or increase profit margins.

However, there are ways around this. Fabric blends such as cotton and linen will lower the price of a product, and so will a cotton and wool blend. 

Thrifting or shopping second-hand is another excellent option for finding lower priced products, and it is also a sustainable practice. 

SHISAKO and Our Impact 

At SHISAKO our mission is to create products in the most sustainable way. We produce in small batches to combat overproduction that leads to waste and create staple pieces in your closet that are actually worn.

The exterior of our bags and shoes are made from genuine Napa leather, while the interior is 100% cotton.

We are proud to create pieces that use environmentally friendly materials and to do our part to protect the world around us. 

Measure for Fit

It's important to have the right measurement based on where you would like to wear the belt bag. 


To measure your natural waist:

To measure your low waist:

Once you have both measurements then see lengths available of belts on product page.

If you have questions with the fit please email us or book a virtual stye & fit session.