Phthalates: this substance added to plastics to make it more flexible and more durable. It can be found in t-shirt with a large image printed on the front. When it gets in the animal system it could affect its hormone, which may disrupt fertility, cause birth defects, contribute to cancer among humans.
NPEs: is used to wash clothes. NPEs is highly toxic to aquatic creatures. NPEs are not allowed in Europe, however, not in Asia.
PFCs: are bioaccumulative and persistent. PFCs linked with cancer and kidney disease.
Organotins: are used as biocide.
Antimony: is used as catalyst in making polyster. Also, it could be used like poison arsenic.
The article also talked about managing the problem. The European Union has set up regulations to limit the use of these chemicals. 18 brands are agreed to be committed, and H&M is one of them. The article said Greenpeace is encouraging that china also has regulation to limit these chemicals. Many companies are working on finding alternative chemistry for the textile industry.