Have you ever wondered what your clothes are made of? Aside from being worried if it’s fashionable or not, it’s also important that you pay attention on the materials used to make the fabric. Believe it or not, not all fabrics are safe; as a matter of fact, some contain chemicals that’s impossible to wash out and can negatively affect one’s health. Here are some of the harmful materials found in clothing:
Formaldehyde is classified as a naturally occurring substance in the atmosphere. It’s often released by both humans and animals as a by-product of digestion, and it’s also brought by combustion. It’s present in smoke from smog, fires, vehicle exhaust fumes, and tobacco smoke.
The more concentrated form of formaldehyde is utilized in several industrial processes, and this includes the textile industry. Aside from that, it also gives a permanent-press effect to clothing, making it stain resistant and it allows the color to last longer– that’s the reason why new clothes often appear perfect. Aside from that, it’s also used to keep the garments looking new and fresh when being transported from one place to another, and it also prevents the growth of mildew.
The Trading Standards advise people to wash their garments thoroughly before wearing it, and for clothes that are labeled “dry-clean” only, they should be thoroughly aired at first. Better stop wearing newly bought clothes that haven’t been washed yet.
The most common effects of this toxic chemical in the body are skin irritation.
2. Petrochemical Dyes
Conventional clothing dyes, as well as garment finishes could trigger a number of health problems, especially for chemically sensitive individuals– this could range from headache, skin rashes, difficulty in concentrating, diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, muscle and joint pain, seizures, and many more.
For children, they often experience red ears and cheeks, hyperactivity, dark circle under the eyes, and learning problems.
Also, considering the fact that clothing comes in prolonged contact with the skin, the petrochemical dyes are absorbed through the skin, especially when the body is warm, mainly because the skin pores are opened. Once it’s absorbed by the body, it could accumulate in the bones, liver, kidney, heart, and even the brain. Likewise, it has been said that the effects on health could be very harmful, especially when the high levels of accumulation are reached.