When it comes to body care products and cosmetics, we know that 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. If clothes are treated with chemicals, and then we put the clothes on our skin, will our skin absorb some of the chemicals?
It is important to support clothing and products that are made from natural fibres which are more sustainable for the 🌍
When it comes to the sustainability of clothing, natural fibre clothing is generally more sustainable than synthetic fibres which require high energy use and crude oil (source). Additionally, because natural fibres are plant materials, they decompose quickly. Because synthetic fibres are essentially plastic, they are not quickly biodegradable.
When it comes to cotton, organic cotton is significantly more eco-friendly than conventionally-grown cotton.
- Polyester is the worst fabric you can buy. It is made from synthetic polymers that are made from esters of dihydric alcohol and terpthalic acid.
- Acrylic fabrics are polycrylonitriles and may cause cancer, according to the EPA.
- Rayon is recycled wood pulp that must be treated with chemicals like caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulphuric acid to survive regular washing and wearing.
- Acetate and Triacetate are made from wood fibers called cellulose and undergo extensive chemical processing to produce the finished product.
- Nylon is made from petroleum and is often given a permanent chemical finish that can be harmful.
- Anything static resistant, stain resistant, permanent press, wrinkle-free, stain proof or moth repellant. Many of the stain resistant and wrinkle-free fabrics are treated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), like Teflon.