Recently I was on the social media site Facebook and saw that one of my friends had posted a picture of a pop-up notification that displayed when she was about to purchase a certain item of clothing off a website. The notification states:
Proposition 65 Warning:
This product may contain a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm. For other information refer to the FAQs of the Office of Environmental of Health Hazard Assessment.
This notification instantly changed her mind about purchasing the item of clothing. She then posted the photo on her news feed and her friends and family began to comment. It seemed like most if not all of them were shocked that clothing could contain such harmful chemicals. This relates directly to the quote "Out of Sight Out of Mind." It's not that these people are naive. They just simply aren't knowledgeable about the toxins that are in clothing because it isn't something that's discussed in great detail or broadcasted as a serious concern.
The fact is, is that our skin is the largest organ in our body. It eliminates and absorbs toxins on a daily basis. When toxins are absorbed through your skin they are taken into the lymphatic system, and then into the liver, the organ responsible for removing toxins from the body. However, Petrochemical fibers and other fabric dyes suffocate your skin, which shut down the release process of these toxins. If these toxins can't be released from the body they will continue to absorb, which can act as a catalyst for numerous life threatening diseases.
Spreading knowledge of this issue is the most important aspect to making significant changes to the world and the clothing industry. If every website was required to display a message explaining if harmful chemicals went into the production of the apparel, more people would become aware of the situation and avoid purchasing it. Better yet, if these websites displayed this information and also suggested sustainable alternatives in a similar style, then there's no telling how big of an impact we could make. Share your knowledge about this subject with anyone and everyone you can. Utilize social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to reach wider audience.
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