Learn how to avoid toxins in clothing that cause a range of health problems.
Would you put poison on your skin? Certainly not, but you do, every day, through the clothes. Although a number of chemicals that were used in making clothes are banned in Europe, in Asia, from which most of the goods that we buy in stores today, is not. These chemicals that are used when creating clothes are harmful to our health. Some are carcinogenic, and some cause allergic reactions, skin problems, breathing problems, hormonal disorders…
The skin is the largest human organ and it absorbs. So everything from clothing to leather breathes and absorbs enters in the body. Furthermore, the poisons enter the body either through the skin, end up in the bloodstream and finally in the liver, the organ responsible for elimination of toxins. Given that the liver is under constant toxin attack, fails to extract all and they are deposited in our body.
Constant absorption and excretion of toxic substances on the skin surface creates a toxic mixture of toxins that are together even more harmful to health than each separately.
One of the most dangerous chemicals used in making clothing is formaldehyde, which is associated with many health problems such as allergies, insomnia, weakened immune system, cancer and so on.
Textile manufacturers use it to make the goods look fresh and ironed and in order during transport and control storage mold.
Part of the formaldehyde from lingerie, clothing and bedding – with which our skin is in contact 24 hours a day – will come out in the wash, but not all.
Formaldehyde in addition to the textile industry uses to generate the image, in the wood industry, the automotive industry, in the preparation of carpet, toilet paper, for making paints and explosives, even in cosmetics.
In addition to this dangerous ingredient, the fashion industry in the garment manufacturing processes used other extremely hazardous chemicals which pollute the environment and endanger human health.
Nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) is a compound hazardous to the endocrine system; phthalates endanger the system for playback. The colors used in this industry include carcinogenic amines.
The use of NPE in the EU is limited, but not totally prohibited. The only restriction is the chemical discharge into the waste water.
Clothing and black dyes for leather clothes often contain p-phenylenediamine (PPD), which can cause allergic reactions.
PPD is a contact allergen. Exposure to PPD may be through breathing, skin absorption, ingestion… Symptoms of exposure include irritation of the throat (pharynx and larynx), bronchial asthma, and dermatitis.
Except in black clothes it is also used in a variety of colors for the hair, dyed fur, dyed leather and certain photographic products. It is worth noting that the black clothes are contaminated with chemicals because of the color which is more difficult to obtain. Also, it is added to the strong chemicals to stabilize the color. The most dangerous is the black underwear.
How to avoid?
Read brands and try to avoid synthetic materials such as rayon, nylon, polyester, acrylic, acetate or triacetate. Also avoid settings that include no board and no creasing.
Whenever possible, wash and dry the clothes three times before wearing. Use only safe, organic detergents from health food stores or the ones that you made yourself. If you have not, then at least reduce the amount of detergent for at least half per wash.