Also known as olefin, a propylene/ethylene-based synthetic fiber. Features include being hydrophobic, quick-drying, colorfast, and good at heat retention. Subject to shrinkage, oil absorption and sudden meltdown in hot dryers.
Any of various thermoplastic plastics or fibres that are polymers of propylene. Polypropylene can be made into fibres, where it is a major constituent in fabrics for home furnishings such as upholstery and carpets. Numerous industrial end uses include rope and cordage, disposable non-woven fabrics for diapers and medical applications. As a plastic, polypropylene is moulded into bottles for foods and personal care products, appliance housings, dishwasher-proof food containers, toys, automobile battery casings, and outdoor furniture.