Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Clothes

Photo: Greenpeace International
Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch-Up.

Avoiding the baby oil lather is the least of it, from hair dye to cell phones, everything in reach seems to have cancer-causing effects.

It was only a matter of time before the fashion industry got blasted. Before it was: 'Don't sit too close to a microwave or hold your face to your phone', and now, just don't even bother wearing clothes.

According to Business Insider, Greenpeace International released a major investigative report highlighting the dangers of the toxic chemicals contained in the clothing we wear, creating plenty of buzz around the issue.

Focusing on fast fashion companies, fabrics and dyes typically used in production are apparently toxic, not only to the consumers wearing the clothes, but to the people around them.

The report called Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch-Up, tested 141 items of clothing from 20 brands and found that items from every one of the 20 brands contained evidence of hazardous chemicals, which are released into the environment when clothes are made or cleaned

Calvin Klein was the worst, with 88% of items containing hazardous chemicals, while Levi’s showed 82% and Zara was 70%.

Although these chemicals are illegal in the United States and Europe, they are legal in countries like China and Mexico where most of the clothing is actually produced.

Following this shocking news, Greenpeace launched a Detox campaign demanding that clothing brands stop using these harmful chemicals, and some brands, like H&M and Marks & Spencer have cooperated, while others are being much less flexible.