Can clothes make you sick?
Clothes can harm your health if the materials in them are laced with toxic chemicals.
Chemical absorption into our skin is a very real problem, and this risk to health is coming from clothing items that we wear daily.
Clothing containing toxins recalled by Australian government
In 2014, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) identified many items of clothing as containing unacceptable concentrations of azo dyes. Its website, Product Safety Australia, listed dozens of product lines that were recalled.
Used as colourant, azo dyes may produce allergic reactions and are suspected to be potentially carcinogenic. 7NEWS quoted ACCC as warning against “avoidable” contact.
Is the convenience of wrinkle-free worth the health risks?
Most of us want to avoid ironing, don't we!
But how much are we willing to risk our children's health in exchange for the convenience of wrinkle-free clothes?
Formaldehyde, used to enhance wrinkle resistance in clothing, may cause eczema with rashes, blisters and itchiness if the formaldehyde is beyond safe limits.
Although the United States Government Accountability Office has noted only few instances of clothing sold in USA having levels exceeding strict regulatory standards, consumers cannot be certain that clothing elsewhere in the world (particularly poorly regulated countries) contain safe limits of formaldehyde.
We think it's best to avoid formaldehyde altogether when it comes to kids, so we shop non-toxic baby clothes!
Shocker: Toxicity warning by online fashion retailer
Britain’s Sun newspaper reported in September 2019 that a well-known UK online fashion retailer embedded a health warning in its T&Cs that read: "WARNING: Some Products on our Online Store from time to time may contain chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm and may be included on the Proposition 65 chemical list."
This means that some of the clothing items purchased may have chemicals causing cancer. And for those who don’t live in California, we are not even warned!
Toxicity in clothes is more widespread than consumers think, many of which are undetected.
The best way for parents to protect children is to shop independent third-party certified non-toxic clothing brands.
We recommend Lily & Lord capsule collection crafted with GOTS-certified organic cotton fabric and non-toxic materials.
The Non-Toxic Munchkin blog is also a good resource for toxin-free living.
WRITTEN BY EVELYN LEOW, BACHELOR OF ECONOMICS (HONOURS), UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND; FASHION AND SUSTAINABILITY, LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION
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