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Toxic products in children’s clothing

Did you know that dangerous toxic substances were contained in some children’s clothing?

Reading what follows, some parents may take a different look at the designer clothes they buy their children…

The environmental organization, Greenpeace, submitted 82 articles from twelve different brands in the children’s textile industry for analysis. Among the targeted brands were Nike, C&A, Burberry, Disney, Adidas, American Apparel, H&M, Gap and Puma. The majority of the products came from Asian countries, particularly China (for a third of them). Of these 82 items, the origin of 12 products could not be identified because the country of production was not shown on the label.

Harmful products were found in each of the brands!

61% of the articles examined contained  nonylphenol ethoxylates, a compound that rapidly degrades in the environment to simple nonylphenol, a persistent substance believed to be toxic to the reproduction and growth of living things.

Phthalates have been found in 33 products. These products are harmful to fertility and the development of the fetus and newborn. Note, all the same, that the European Union has banned the use of phthalates in toys and childcare products!

These results are all the more frightening as babies and young children are more vulnerable than adults to harmful substances, because of their size, their metabolism but also their behavior (they put everything more easily in their mouths).

This is not the first time that Greenpeace has implicated certain textile manufacturers. In the last two years, this organization had published several studies already showing the presence of harmful substances that can lead to hormonal disorders or cancer. The brands implicated in these studies included Zara, Calvin Klein, Levi’s and Li Ning. In 2011, Greenpeace published reports showing how suppliers of certain textile groups were poisoning the water of Chinese rivers by releasing toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of clothing… So it’s not just our clothes that are affected, but our entire ecosystem!

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