What is synthetic?

Synthetic refers to any material made from non natural sources. This means that a product such as cloth is made from a chemical source rather than the fibers produced by nature. Cotton, linen, and rubber are natural sources for clothing production. Rayon, nylon, and plastics are chemical compounds which are made from sources that are not produced from the ground. Oil products are particularly of concern simply because of their chemical composition. These products do not decompose because they are chemically produced. Another definition of synthetic is any product that cannot decompose because of it's combined components without chemical help.