Close Encounters of a Chemical Kind

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 10:19 AM

Caution, Use it.

With nearly 8,000 chemicals used in clothing manufacturing processes, it’s sure you are wearing some as you read this; here are some of the worst.
Fabrics and clothing with these “claims” are some of the worst offenders:
  • Easy Care — Wrinkle-free, shrinkage free garments release formaldehyde.
  • Water Repellent — Fluoropolymers (as in Teflon) are used to repel oil and water
  • Flame Retardants
  • Bacterial and fungicidal chemicals — Triclosan and nano-particles are used for this.
Formaldehyde is linked to a 30% increase in lung cancer, plus skin/lung irritation and contact dermatitis. It is found in fabrics which are:
  • Anti-cling, anti-static, anti-shrink
  • Waterproof
  • Perspiration-proof
  • Moth-proof and mildew resistant
  • Chorine resistant
“Most governments restrict formaldehyde levels in clothing… but not the U.S. One of the worst offenders is China. Beware of "Made in China" labels.”---SCARY!

When toxins are absorbed through your skin, they bypass your liver, the organ responsible for removing toxins, which means you are subjected to toxic “build up”. Another way our bodies attempt to de-toxic is through perspiration.  If our bodies are covered in petrochemical fibers restricting and suffocating our skin, we cannot release these built up toxins.



Skin rashes, nausea, fatigue, burning, itching, headaches, and difficulty breathing are all associated with chemical sensitivity. If you have mysterious health symptoms that you can't seem to get control over, it's worth checking out whether your clothes could be the problem. Two contributing factors to these ailments are; toxic buildup in your body and multiple chemicals that interact together to create even worse problems than the individual chemicals by themselves. Use caution my friends.

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