Toxic chemicals found in children's clothes

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 10:43 PM

Toxic chemicals found in children's clothes: Greenpeace



Dangerous chemicals have been found in international brands in children’s clothing and shoes, Greenpeace said Tuesday.

A new examination by the environmental campaign group presented that at least one article from every brand was found to have chemicals that "Can have adverse impacts either on human reproductive, hormonal or immune systems".

In 2012 the campaign group held a "Toxic" fashion show in Beijing to catch the attentions to its allegation that two-thirds of high-street garments it tested contained dangerous chemicals.

"This is a nightmare for parents everywhere looking to buy clothes for their children that don't contain hazardous chemicals," Greenpeace East Asia campaigner Chih An Lee said in a statement Tuesday.

"These chemical 'little monsters' can be found in everything from exclusive luxury designs to budget fashion, polluting our waterways from Beijing to Berlin," Lee added.

Of the products tested, 50 items, or 61 percent, were found to contain nonylphenol ethoxylates, or NPEs, which the group said could break down and become toxic "Hormone disrupters".

High levels of PFOA, an ionic per fluorinated chemical that can cause reproductive harm, were also found on some products.

We have to be more aware and paying attention to what we wear and what we buy even if the brands globally recognized.



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