Dear Rory,
Have you asked Nike which chemicals are in your new synthetic golf clothing?
We've made a check list to help you:
• Alkylphenolethoxylates (APEOs)
• Pentachlorophenols (PCP)
• Toluene and other aromatic amines
• Dichloromethane (DCM)
• Formaldehyde
• Phthalates
• Polybrominated diphenyl ethers ( PBDE’s)
• Perfluorooctane sulfonates (PFOS)
• Heavy metals – copper, cadmium, lead, antimony, mercury among others

If you are a bit squeamish don’t read the next bit.
The chemicals used in branded clothing to create the desired effects; antimicrobial agents, binders, UV stabilizers, include chemicals which have been proven to be toxic, or to cause cancers or genetic mutations in mammals.
Don’t forget you can always wear organic fabrics.
All the best for 2013.

1 comment:

  1. Someone in the golf media should start asking brands which chemicals they use to make their synthetic sports apparel. Greater transparency and consumer awareness will hopefully put pressure on brands to find safer alternatives. After testing sports shirts last summer, scientists at the European Consumer Organisation recommended wearing a natural fibre base-layer, to act as a barrier between your skin interacting via sweating with the cocktail of chemicals used in modern synthetic sports clothing. They also concluded there was currently no toxicity test of any combination of chemicals as regulatory requirements are based upon testing individual chemicals only.