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Wood buttons vs Polyester Buttons

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Wood Buttons Vs. Polyester
How unique are your buttons?
When it comes to garment buttons, many of us tend to overlook any craftsmanship involved.  That's because 90% of all buttons are made from synthetic Polyester.... streamed out by the millions without much connection to a human being, just coldly machine made. Our staff sweats over each button turned from www.woodbuttons.com. The pride that goes into our manufacturing can be much overlooked. However, here are a few arguments to show you how wooden buttons make for a better product.

Polyester vs. Wood Buttons
Polyester is common.....for one reason......cheapo cheap!
One problem with polyester buttons is that they are extremely common. There is nothing unique about a product that is made on a mass assembly line from synthetic materials. They are cookie cutter designs which have no character. Buttonwood's fine buttons are always unique. Consistent, but still unique.
Our buttons are made from natural woods, but much like a fingerprint, each is just slightly different from the other. Where there are a thousand similarities between the buttons, not one button is a perfect clone of another.
Our wood buttons are also special in that relatively few garments use real wooden buttons. Rather than having a product with a distinct design, many designers opt for the less expensive manufactured look. This greatly takes away from the garment's personality. In a world where individuals love to express their individuality through their clothes, wood buttons would definitively help do the trick.  However, most polyester buttons (apart from those used on coats occasionally) are the iconic circle with four hole design. These designs may work for certain products, but in many cases a more functional design is required. Buttonwood buttons excel in the ability to be crafted into a design that works for the needs of the product.

Buttonwood is Eco Friendly...Polyester?...Not so much.
Consider the process for making a Buttonwood button. In the simplest of descriptions, the wood is cut, shaped, sanded, and perhaps covered in a wood polish. This is greatly simplifying the process, but before we start there is a huge difference between our raw material and raw polyester. Our timber is harvested under strict rules that insist that three trees are planted for every 2 cut down. A  truly renewable resource.
Polyester, on the other hand, has a ton of chemicals and pollutants which are commonly associated with large manufacturing plants.  Because polyester is not a natural material (you will not find a tree bearing polyester), the raw material must first be made. This involves several nasty chemical processes. After the material is made it then goes to another plant to mold the button. The point is that the polyester button is not a natural product and therefore needs many toxic chemicals and potential pollutants to make. (Polyester contains ethylene glycol and dimethyl terephalate which are mixed in a process that releases off gassing.)  
One can quickly see that our production process has a far less negative impact than polyester manufactured buttons. 
Also, consider that when making such a product, waste has to be disposed. Where wood is a natural product which can easily be recycled back into the environment, synthetics and polymers cannot. Therefore, the waste must be discarded in other methods (usually involving landfills and similar areas) which only add to the already massive amount of waste in the world.

Polyester buttons can be frail
Have you ever noticed how plastic and polyester buttons tend to break at the first sign of resistance? This is due to the quick way in which the buttons are made and the unnatural materials which are used to make them. Manufacturers do not concern themselves with the durability of the product as most people will just buy a new button. Yet, why should the consumers have to continuously replace a faulty product? With a Buttonwood button, one does not.
Wood is one of the most durable materials in which one can construct anything in. The proof of this is in buildings which have stood over 200 years, while the newer cheaper construction has fallen apart more rapidly. With our buttons durability can last the life of your product and in some cases will outlast the product.
No matter how you look at it, buttonwood buttons are superior to polyester. They are unique, durable,  eco friendly, and all around just better. The people at www.woodbuttons.com would love for you to visit the site and to see the ways in which wooden buttons can be used. You may be surprised to find the many ways in which you can implement these unique yet functional designs into your projects.


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