Fashion Finds Contaminated with Toxic Chemicals

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Greenpeace released a report called “Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch-Up” that outlines the dangerous chemicals found in 20 brands making up many American’s wardrobes. The damage done by these chemicals is twofold. Its first impact is on the environment, polluting water supplies where clothing is produced and washed. The second is when the toxic compounds breakdown. They can disrupt hormone production and become cancer causing when they break down.

Greenpeace tested 141 clothing lines from well recognized brands including Zara, Levi’s, Mango, Calvin Klein and H&M. The tests searched for phthalates, nonylphenol ethoxlates (NPE’s) and azo dyes that are known to decompose into amines that can cause cancer. 89 of the 141 clothing items tested contained NPE’s while 2 items from Zara were contaminated with amines. In response to these findings, Greenpeace is extending their Detox Initiative started in 2011 to push even more large companies to phase out these chemicals by 2020. They also ask consumers to do their part, and boycott purchasing brands we now know to contain toxic chemicals.

Source courtesy The Huffington Post