What is the truth about microfibre?

Microfibre and the environment: Cotton vs Microfibre.

Water Usage

Cotton crops require huge amounts of water for irrigation, and as most growers utilise both fertilisers and insecticides in the production of the crop, the impact on local water tables and waterways is significant.

In addition, during the milling and weaving of cotton textiles, thousands of gigalitres of water are used in the dyeing of terry cotton cloth which is then released into local waterways. Microfibre, being a synthetic textile, is produced and dyed using a fraction of the water to produce the same amount of cloth.

Energy Usage

Microfibre is made up of tiny strands thinner than a human hair. This is what gives it its high absorbency. Despite its light weight, microfibre can hold up to 7 times its own weight in water.

For the same reason, microfibre dries much faster than cotton. It dries up to three times faster than cotton terry towelling, yet uses significantly less power as the clothes drier uses a much lower temperature to dry. This translates into hundreds of gigawatts of energy saved by those using microfibre products.

Figure 1. Cotton terry cloth.
Figure 2. Microfiber.

Long Lifespan

Anyone who’s ever cleaned the lint filter on their clothes dryer knows that even the best quality cotton sheds lint. That is why cotton towels and clothing have a lifespan. Microfibre does NOT shed lint – ever. This means the lifespan of microfibre is as long as you want it to be.


Being a synthetic product means that microfibre is recyclable, which reduces landfill.

What size are your towels?

Our towel sizes do vary. Please check our sizing guide for our hooded towels. Our beach towels are in two sizes as we do have kids towels which are slightly smaller to make it easier for the little ones. Our dogs towels are also in two different sizes for those dogs that are big and small. Our picnic rug is a standard size of 2mx2m.

How much do your beach towels weigh?

Our beach towels in their bags weigh approximately 350g. They are compact, quick drying and a great size for a backpack. They are the perfect travelling companion.

What is the UPF rating of the Hooded Towels?

Our Hooded towels are UPF rating of 50+ as rated by Arpansa.

Do you embroider towels for clubs or businesses?

Yes – we do embroider Hooded Towels for clubs – please have a look on our wholesale website – www.cmjallsports.com. au. If you can’t find what you need please email us on sales@cmjallsports.com.au.

Do you do personalized towels for sports clubs?

Yes – we can do personalized towels for your sporting club. We can do a microfibre towel – send us an enquiry on sales@cmjallsports.com.au and we can answer all of your questions.