Saturday, June 30, 2012

Clothing can kill us

Cotton dipped in formaldehyde, toxic paint that cause allergies, nonylphenol ethoxylate dangerous, carcinogenic phthalates in synthetics - they are all chemicals in the clothes that you can slowly build up poison.

Lately, more and more clothing from organically grown cotton, at least during the production of chemically treated fabrics.

Although formaldehyde is most often associated with organ preservation, the fact that many major textile chains also use formaldehyde to make their clothes had a fresh look and neizgužvan to avoid ubuđala during transport.

Clothing Manufacturers in the UK do not have to declare the use of chemicals on the labels. And despite the tests in New Zealand found that formaldehyde levels in certain brands of clothes exported from China and up to 900 times higher than the prescribed safety margins, similar tests were not conducted in elsewhere.

Formaldehyde, a colorless gas, has repeatedly been associated with cases of skin irritation and allergic reactions. Moreover, these chemicals are classified as human carcinogen by the standards of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

However, formaldehyde in clothing is not your only concern. In August last year, "Greenpeace" has published a study called "dirty laundry" in stating that the traces of toxic chemicals, particularly nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE), found in products of 14 large garment manufacturers.

NPE is usually used in the textile industry in detergents. Their use is limited in Europe, but since most major brands produced overseas where such regulations exist, such clothes and still have the opportunity to buy and wear.

Some experts believe that, even at low levels, these toxins pose a threat to the environment and human health, and some are associated with certain types of cancer.

"These chemicals are dangerous when they come into contact with water," says Dominique Thompson from "Greenpeace". "It is the cumulative bio-materials, which means that they accumulate in the body and do not know fully what consequences may result."

Dr. Brian Clement, an author of the book "Deadly Clothing" claims that during the last 60 years have seen a significant increase in health problems that may be associated with wearing synthetics. He says that synthetic clothing contains toxins that are classified as carcinogens by the standards of the U.S. Agency for Environmental Protection. I trikloroetilen, who often uses the textile industry, is classified as a carcinogen.

"These toxins have been linked to dermatitis, allergic reactions, and some research shows that they can contribute to infertility," said Dr. Clement.

Elizabeth Salter Green, CHEM Trust director of the Association, warns that phthalates are used to make plastics were flexible and elastic.

"Phthalates, which are associated with hormonal disorders, such as reduced sperm count, there are a number of garments that are wearing plastic logos. If you feel the plastic smell of new shoes, you know they are full of phthalates," says Salter Green.

"The fabrics treated with flame retardants brominiranim (BFR), which are often used in night clothes for the children also of concern." Some famous brand clothing, aware of the problem, announced that they plan to remove hazardous chemicals from their products at the latest by 2020. year.

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