The European Chemicals Agency has this week published an updated list to identify new substances of very high concern, those which may have serious effects on human health and the environment.

Four of the new chemicals included are used in the textile industry;

Dihexyl phthalate - used to create plastisol prints for shirts.

Lead di (acetate) - used as a fixative for some textile dyeing, both were added after being identified as toxic for reproduction.

Direct Red 28 and Direct Black 38, used to dye synthetic; polyester, nylon textiles, were identified as carcinogenic These two chemicals are part of the azo-dye chemical group

If textile brands are prepared to use hazardous substances then they should be prepared (required) to inform their customers. Do you agree?

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