The harsh reality of chemicals in garments
Did you know that our garments contain a ton of invisible chemicals lurking in its neatly woven fabric? Names such as formaldehyde, perfluorinated chemicals are probably ingredients you would not fancy in your wardrobe but, like it or not, they are inseparable from your garments. Formaldehyde is known to be tied to an increase in lung cancer cases, along with other ailments such as skin/lung irritation and contact dermatitis. Harmful chemicals are being added to both synthetic and natural fabrics indiscriminately to produce effects such as anti-wrinkle, anti-shrink, mildew/water resistance. Things that are supposed to make life easier for us, but is it worth risking our environment and our health for the sake of convenience?
To give an idea of how much chemicals are used in textiles, a 2013 report by the Swedish Chemicals Agency has identified a non-exhaustive list of 1900 substances. The list cannot be exhaustive because many chemicals are classified by manufacturers as confidential and therefore not known to the public. Of the known substances, 165 chemicals have been identified as one or more of carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction, allergenic substances with serious health implications. Of the same list, 57 substances are also considered as environmentally hazardous with long-term effects!
Organic cotton works both for our health and environment
You may be surprised that choosing cotton fabric, unless certified organic, is not much better than synthetic materials. Cotton being a natural fiber, it is more breathable than synthetic materials. However, whether it be called pure or natural by its promoters, they could be treated with just as many harmful chemicals as synthetic materials. Only when the cotton is certified organic, a stringent process is being followed to ensure that the cotton is grown with non-GM seeds in a sustainable, chemical and pesticide free environment. The fiber is then spin, weaved, dyed and manufactured devoid of harmful chemicals.
Many of us have taken one giant step to eat organically, but our quest should not stop here. If harmful substances are not supposed to be in our food, why then are they in our garments? Our skin being tender, porous and one of our largest organs by weight and area, are being invaded by all kinds of hazardous chemicals 24 hours a day from multiple sources. Even though our skin is supposed to help us fence off micro-organisms, radiation and chemicals, like everything else, it has a break point. When our skin is overloaded and blocked, it will cease to function. Toxic will start to accumulate in our body and ailments will follow. It is then obvious that we should avoid harmful chemicals in our garments.
A Wise Choice For A Green Future
Choose wisely. Become a concerned citizen and support our initiative—iKotton—where we aim to spread awareness of the benefits of organic cotton all over the world for a healthier and safer tomorrow. For we do not inherit the world from our ancestors, we merely borrow it from our children.
Choose organic cotton starting today and...
Join this unique initiative by iKotton and help us spread social awareness on the benefits of organic cotton in our daily lives.