New clothes carry harmful toxins

New clothes carry harmful toxins

Chemicals used during cloth manufacturing may leave harmful toxins that are still embedded in the clothes that we buy, even when washed, a new study by researchers at Stockholm University has warned.
Several substances related to health risks were identified and not even organic cotton was a guarantee for non-toxic textiles, researchers said.
In a new thesis 60 garments from Swedish and international clothing chains were tested. An initial analysis found thousands of chemicals in the clothes and around a hundred chemicals were preliminary identified.
“Exposure to these chemicals increases risk of allergic dermatitis, but more severe health effect for humans and the environment could possibly be related to these chemicals. Some of them are suspected or proved carcinogens and some have aquatic toxicity,” said researcher Giovanna Luongo. (PTI)