Toxic Free Clothing

Toxic Free Clothing

Toxins in clothing

Today people wear clothing with a high amount of toxins without even noticing, or caring. These toxins are absorbed by the skin and can cause severe health problems. The production also pollutes the environment and poisons men and women who produce them.

Types of fabrics

First let us have a look at the different kind of fabrics. There are natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic fabrics.

  1. Natural Fabrics:
    1. Wool
    2. Hemp
    3. Cotton
    4. Silk
    5. Flax
    6. Ramie
    7. Jute
  2. Synthetic Fabrics:
    1. Polyester
    2. Nylon
    3. Aramid
    4. Spandex or Lycra
    5. Acrylic
    6. Chlorofibers
    7. Polyolefins
  3. Semi-Synthetic Fabrics:
    1. Rayon
    2. Acetate
    3. Tencel
    4. Viscose
    5. Modal

Now you know more about the fabrics and their natural or synthetic origin. But you cannot just look for natural fabrics and buy them. The can also contain a high amount of toxins, for example pesticides or herbicides when they are grown and harvested. So the next step is to look at how the material is grown.

Organic or conventional

Conventional and most of the cheap clothing are grown with pesticides or herbicides. These are toxins which are absorbed by the plant and later by your skin when wearing them. To prevent these chemicals, look for organic grown cotton. Certificates can help to keep an overview. One example is the GOTS certificate, it guarantees that the fabrics are grown under special circumstances to prevent the use of harmful chemicals. The cotton used in our products are from a GOTS certificated supplier and therefore organic. The next point is one of the more critical ones. It is the dyeing. Conventional dyeing takes the use of a huge amount of very toxic chemicals in the colors and fixators.

Natural vs Synthetic Dye

Conventional dyeing takes the use of a huge amount of very toxic chemicals in the colors and fixators. Toxic Free Clothing takes more time and money to produce, that is why it is still so rare. Although many brands claim to produce organic clothing, most of them use still synthetic dye and fixators. More information about our natural dyeing here. Indicators of chemicals used in your clothing can also be terms like wrinkle-free, easy care, waterproof, antistatic etc. . These often contain formaldehyde, triclosan or nanoparticles. So be aware what you wear.

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