Textiles are full of chemicals, an undisputed fact. Chemicals are treated and regulated on an individual basis, and yet when two or more substances combine, their toxicity can be fundamentally changed. Here is just one example;
A dose of mercury that would kill 1 out of 100 rats, mixed with a dose of lead that would kill 1 out of 1000 rats, would kill every rat exposed.

You may think that your sportswear wouldn’t contain such toxic substances such as mercury and lead, but you would be wrong. They do, it’s just that the brands do not inform consumers about any of the chemicals they use to make your clothes. We previously published a list of restricted substances from a leading sportswear brand.
And none of these chemical cocktails are tested, unless you consider yourself as a guinea pig.

You may think that such chemicals are only used in very low doses and you would be correct. We used to think that a little dose of a poison would do a little bit of harm, and a big dose would do a lot of harm. But the new science shows that exposure to even tiny amounts of chemicals can have significant impacts on our health.

We are exposed to chemicals all day, every day in a multitude of consumer products. This cumulative exposure could mean at some point your body reaches a tipping point. The generations born from 1970 on are the first to be raised in a truly toxified world.

What should we do? As consumers we should demand brands provide a list of all the chemicals they use in the finished products they supply to us.

Regulators should begin to test mixtures of chemicals and provide additional information and regulations to limit the use of the most harmful combinations.

The chemicals used in textiles are real. Given the amount of time we spend surrounded by fabrics they contribute towards the hazardous challenges to our bodies.

We deserve to know what chemicals we’re eating, drinking and putting on our skins. Just tell us.
Ref: Oecotextiles

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