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Sports Headbands: Synthetic vs Natural?

Posted on January 25, 2013 by Jesse Schiller | 0 comments

Sports headbands, when I picture them at least, evoke images of my childhood: fluffy french terry, basketball players with knobbly knees and short shorts, and the great John Mcenroe screaming at anyone that will listen. Oddly, it's quite a calming, nostalgic image. 
Basketball cotton headband

Since that time though, sports headbands have undergone a revolution. What was once a humble cotton sweatband has become a high performance superhero, intent on using the latest technology known to man to keep the villain sweat from your eyes. Sounds great, but at what cost? 

Sure these superhero sweatbands keep the sweat out but have you ever stopped to think just what's in that sports headband with the magical properties? The fact is, synthetic fabrics are derived from coal, oil and/or natural gas and will go on in their current form long after you and most other living things exist on this earth. 

As with everything in life, it comes down to balance. Synthetics certainly can perform incredible feats and have their place in society though we owe it to ourselves to ask "at what cost?". If we feel that the performance of our sports headband (or any other athletic apparel for that matter) warrants the cost, then go for it. But if you can attain an almost identical performance from a natural material - one that doesn't involve petrochemicals against your skin or a break-down cycle that will outlive you - then is it worth it? So next time you look to purchase a sports headband, or any other performance apparel for that matter, take a moment to ask yourself: "is it really worth it?"

But alas, not all athletes are converted. The NBA, featuring some of the most sweaty and gifted athletes on earth, is currently in a headband craze and every one of their headbands is made of good ol' reliable cotton.  

For our part, we are doing everything we can to provide you with a range of beautiful sports headbands, clothing and accessories made of organic natural fibers - guaranteed to keep you looking awesome, feeling great and dry of that pesky sweat.

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