The Health Risks of Toxic Fibers and Fabrics

Unraveling The Health Hazards Concealed In Your Clothing Choices

Sustainability

30 May, 2023

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As we become more and more conscious of the environmental impact of the clothing industry, our buying choices reflect the carbon footprint our consumption leaves behind. However, the majority of consumers never think about how toxic and harmful for their health that piece of fabric could be? Neither do they think of its origin nor its manufacturing and the toxic load on the body and in the environment. Unfortunately only a small part of our clothing is not harmful to wear and produced with natural and eco-friendly fibers. Most of them are still manufactured with tons of chemicals becoming highly toxic and increasing the negative effects on our body’s health.

Let's take an easy example, take a glimpse at your clothing labels and you will definitely find out that most of them contain materials such as polyester, acrylic, nylon and acetate described on it. Besides that, with the technological advances in the Textile Industry, we usually shop more and more for fabrics that are meant to make our lives easier, such as the wrinkle-free, stain resistant and insect repellent fabrics, but what we don’t know is that those fabrics are a great source of toxins that unfavorably affect our health and the environment.