Reduce Chemicals in Clothing

Yesterday I wrote about the report that the Swedish Chemicals Agency published on the hazards of chemicals in clothing. If you didn’t read the post, so please do first as a background for this post.

So okay, the clothes we buy contains lots of chemicals, some are more dangerous than others. What should we do about it? Repress? Use of wishful thinking would be-it-dangerous-could-it-don’t-be-allowed? No, there are things we can do to at least reduce the exposure that we and our children are exposed to.

By choosing the right clothes (and linens) to our children, we reduce the exposure that occurs through the skin and by the sucking on your clothes. The exposure that occurs by fibers from the clothing house dust, which then becomes via children’s hands end up in their mouths, are more difficult to access. To the dust contributing all textiles as the adults ‘ clothing, curtains, upholstery fabric, pillows, etc. But let us start somewhere. It is easy to feel the hopelessness when you realize how much that should be done. Feel not so, do what you can, it’s better than not doing anything!

Here are my suggestions for what can be done to reduce exposure to chemicals from the clothes:

Buy Or Inherit, Used Clothing

With used clothing, washed many times, reducing the potential for there to be dangerous chemicals remain in the garment. It is also good because it does not need to use chemicals to make new garments.

Buy Ecolabelled Clothes

It is good if the clothes are made of organically grown cotton. But it says nothing about what happened after the cotton was harvested. What color has been used? What is the pressure? To know that the end product is good, there is a need for a serious eco-labelling. Then there are criteria for what that may be used and the entire production chain is controlled by an independent inspection body. The following eco-labels are serious, look for them on the clothes. Do you want to know more about them, click on each picture to go to their home pages.

Buy Clothes Of Good Quality

Buy sustainable and gender neutral clothing. Then they can be inherited by the younger siblings (regardless of gender) or given/sold.

Oeko-Tex (Oeko-Tex)

In order for a product to be labelled according to the Oeko-Tex, it must undergo independent testing showing that it does not emit chemicals over the limit values contained in the standard. Unlike environmental markings focuses the Oeko-Tex standard 100 solely on health effects from the finished product and not on production should be environmentally-friendly or organic cultivation. But it is an international and serious labelling that reduce exposure to chemicals from clothing and other textiles.

There is also a label called the Oeko-Tex standard 100plus. To get to have the marking are set in addition to the requirements of the Oeko-Tex standard 100 requirements on environmentally sound and socially equitable production. Do you want to know more about the Oeko-Tex, so click on any of the images to go to their website

Always Wash New Clothes Before They Are Used

By wash all new clothes at least once before being washed at least some chemical residues are removed.

Avoid Clothing With Plastic Press

The soft plastic can emit hormone-disrupting phthalates.

Organic Cotton

In conventional cotton farming is widely used pesticides. Therefore, choose clothes from organic cotton to purchase new cotton clothing. For the reasons I mentioned above are clothes with independent eco-labelling to be preferred because the chain then checked and there are established criteria which must be met in order to get noticed. But it is still better to buy clothes from organic cotton than conventional cotton.

There’s a lot more to write about this topic. But I think it’s enough for this time, is sure to come back with more posts on the topic. Can also tell about the very first post on the blog that’s all about organic mattress for cot.