Are You a Fashion Victim? 10 Healthy Reasons to Avoid Toxic Fashion & Wear Organic

by deborah on November 14, 2013 · 11 comments

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Are You a Fashion Victim? 10 Healthy Reasons to Avoid the Toxic Side of Fashion & Wear Organic Clothing

Yes you look good, but are you a victim of toxic fashion?
From what we eat to what we wear, looks can be deceiving.

Have you ever heard the term “There’s more to that, than meets the eye”?

There are valid reasons why that statement often holds true.

From what we eat, to what we wear, looks can be deceiving.

Today, more and more people are realizing the benefits of choosing to their reduce toxic

exposure by eating organic foods as much as possible.

When you eat organic you’re:

• Keeping pesticides out of your body

• Helping to support smaller farmers

• Helping improve the environment by supporting environmentally friendly farming practices

• Ensuring you’re getting the most nutrients from your food

• Supporting the organic movement–every contribution helps increase awareness and improve

the planet.

But, your organic mindset and lifestyle doesn’t have to stop at food.

You should embrace organic clothing, cosmetics and personal care products, bedding

and home goods too.

“Every organic step you take and habit

you embrace supports your health,

environmental health

and a better planet.”

Ready to take your organic lifestyle to the next level?

Is Organic Clothing Right For You?

10 Healthy Reasons to Avoid the Toxic Side of Fashion & Wear Organic Clothing Instead

There are many compelling reasons to avoid the toxic side of fashion & wear organic clothing instead.

Organic clothing is a choice.

Just like eating fruits and vegetables every day is a choice.

Sure, you may know it’s better for you but the decision is still yours.

That said, there are certain people who may reap significant benefits from

the decision to buy/wear organic clothing.

They include people who:

• Have chemical sensitivities

• Have asthma or respiratory difficulties

• Have babies or young children

• Have a compromised immune function

• Want to save money (and still look great)

• Want to support a sustainable environment

• Want to support healthy farming practices for farm workers

• Want to maintain a balanced ecosystem

Does any of this relate to you, your family or what you stand for?

Why Buy Organic Clothing?

Are You a Fashion Victim? 10 Healthy Reasons to Avoid the Toxic Side of Fashion & Wear Organic Clothing

In addition to avoiding harmful toxins, the treatment of clothing and the clothing manufacturing
process is much cleaner with organic policies and procedures.

In fashion, as in life, looks can be deceiving!

You eat organic food because you want to keep your body free from harsh chemicals.

“These chemicals include pesticides, insecticides 

and chemical fertilizers.

These chemicals have been shown to cause cancer,

immune dysfunction, neurological disorders,

allergies and much more.

Guess what…

…those same chemicals are found on your clothing.

This results in chemicals on your skin,

in your water, in the foods you eat

and in the air you breathe.”

And regular every day cotton is one of the biggest contaminants.

In fact, more than 25% of all pesticides used in the world are involved with the

growth of cotton.

Annually, it equals to about 50 million pounds of chemicals each year.

This results in chemicals on your skin, in your water, in the foods you eat and in the air

you breathe.

 Are You a Fashion Victim? 10 Healthy Reasons to Avoid the Toxic Side of Fashion & Wear Organic Clothing

Organic cotton is better for you because it isn’t grown using pesticides, insecticides or

chemical fertilizers.

Additionally, the treatment of clothing and the clothing manufacturing process is much cleaner with

organic policies and procedures.

No harsh dyes or chemicals are used to turn harvested cotton into a sweater, jeans, socks or a beautiful

evening gown.

There are many health benefits to buying organic clothing.

So far, we’ve mainly talked about organic cotton however, organic clothing is made from more

than just cotton.

Other fabrics include organic bamboo, hemp, soy, wool, silk and tencel(made from

wood pulp).

Like cotton they must all meet regulations set by the Organic Trade Association , GOTS and other organic

certification agencies.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for

textiles made from organic fibers.

“Organic clothing is a huge step toward preventing

death from pesticide poisoning.

According to the Pesticide Action Network of America,

PANNA, the World Health Organization estimates that

pesticides poison at least 3 million people every year.

200,000 of those people die

as a result of pesticide poisoning.”

10 Health Benefits of Buying Organic Clothing

Are You a Fashion Victim? 10 Healthy Reasons to Avoid the Toxic Side of Fashion & Wear Organic Clothing

When you buy organic clothing for your children, they don’t absorb chemical residue 
into their skin from their clothing.

#1. No Harmful Chemicals

No harmful chemicals are sprayed on organic cotton crops.

This means there are fewer chemical pollutants in the air we breathe.

# 2. Your Children Are Not Exposed to Toxins

A report by the United States Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry indicates

that children exposed to methyl parathion, an insecticide, suffer memory loss

and emotional swings.

#3. Safer for Kids

When you buy organic clothing for your children they don’t absorb chemical residue

into their skin.

Children’s skin is more porous and sensitive than an adult’s.

#4. Fewer Allergic Reactions

Many people suffer from rashes and other skin conditions.

Much of the problem is the clothing they wear.

Harsh chemicals including formaldehyde and ammonia are used to treat cotton and

cotton fabrics.

Organic clothing doesn’t contain the harmful chemicals or dyes that can irritate skin.

#5. Avoid Formaldehyde

Reducing exposure to probable carcinogens is big deal for me.

Many items of cotton clothing are treated with formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is used to help make owning your clothing easier.

It helps prevent significant wrinkling and helps extend the life of the clothing.

(It’s the same reason they use it for embalming. The tissue lasts longer.)

However, formaldehyde is classified as a probable human carcinogen.

Wearing non-organic clothing then exposes you to a probable cause of cancer.

# 6. Avoid Toxic Pesticides & Herbicides

Are You a Fashion Victim? 10 Healthy Reasons to Avoid the Toxic Side of Fashion & Wear Organic Clothing

Buying organic clothing is much better for your health and the health of your loved ones.

Many pesticides and herbicides have been shown to cause:

• Cancer

• Immune System Suppression

• Nervous System Disorders

• Reproductive Damage

• Hormone Disruption

You don’t experience these same risks when you buy and wear organic clothing.

# 7. Avoid Harmful Heavy Metals

Ammonia, petroleum products and even heavy metals are used during the clothing

creation process.

Heavy metals have been shown to cause cancer, nerve damage and death.

When non- organic clothing is treated with these chemicals they end up in your ground

water, air and soil.

They also end up on your skin.

Organic clothing reduces your exposure to these chemicals.

#8. Avoid Petroleum based Products

The majority of synthetic fabrics, including polyester and nylon, are made from products

derived from petroleum.

Like all petroleum-based products, clothing made from these fibers releases toxic

fumes through a process known as off-gassing.

You breathe them in on a daily basis.

When you buy organic clothing fewer chemicals are released into the atmosphere.

Fewer chemicals and toxic fumes end up in your lungs.

According to the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia, these fumes contribute

to allergies, chemical sensitivities, cancers and other illnesses, particularly in young children.

Are You a Fashion Victim? 10 Healthy Reasons to Avoid the Toxic Side of Fashion & Wear Organic Clothing

In addition to receiving immediate benefit by reducing your exposure to toxins, you also reduce
the exposure for future generations by choosing organic clothing.

#9. Prevent Death from Pesticide Poisoning

Organic clothing is a huge step toward preventing death from pesticide poisoning.

According to the Pesticide Action Network of America, PANNA, the World Health Organization

estimates that pesticides poison at least three million people every year.

200,000 of those people die as a result of pesticide poisoning.

We still don’t know the full extent of the health risks, off gassing, toxins in your water and

on your skin may present.

However, scientists do know that the dangers to your health are very real.

#10. Less Chemical Runoff

Organic farming methods mean less chemical runoff.

This results in fewer pollutants in our soil and drinking water.

Why Be a Victim of Toxic Fabrics?

Are You a Fashion Victim? 10 Healthy Reasons to Avoid the Toxic Side of Fashion & Wear Organic Clothing

You don’t have to be fashion victim. Shop smart. Look on the label. Choose organic.

Buying organic clothing is much better for your health and the health of your loved ones.

In addition to receiving immediate benefit by reducing your exposure to toxins, you also reduce

the exposure for future generations.

When buying organic clothing the only way to really be sure you’re purchasing a truly

organic product is to lookon the label.

What is it made of? Who certified it organic?

According to the online retailer, Gaiam.com,

“If want to buy organic clothing and natural textile products

that don’t come with asterisks, look a little beyond the word “organic.”

Look for the GOTS logo or a combination of the agricultural and textile

certifications listed above.

Not all GOTS certified textile makers put the symbol on their labels or tags,

so if you don’t see it, ask the company whose brand name is on the label.

Look for terms like “low-impact dyes,” “low eco-impact manufacturing,”

“no chemical finishes,” “clay dyes” or “fiber-reactive dyes,” all more

eco-friendly alternatives to conventional petroleum-based

dyes and synthetic finishes.”

They also suggest reading the company’s website or asking a customer service rep

about the dyes and finishes they use, and how the company monitors what happens

to its fabrics and clothing after the fibers are harvested.

(Note: There is also some controversy about the environmental impact of organic cotton production.

That will be discussed further in another article in this series.)

All of the above leads to the realization that there is “a lot more to looking good than

meets the eye”!

Wouldn’t you agree!

But, you don’t have to sit idly by and be a victim of toxic fabrics.

Awareness is the first step to avoidance and prevention.

Stay tuned for more upcoming posts on this topic.

What are you doing to reduce your exposure to toxins in fabrics? Share your thoughts with us.

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Marla November 15, 2013 at 9:34 am

There are so many chemicals in clothing these days, If I get anything new I was it in laundry washing baking soda and powdered dried milk to remove as many toxins as possible. This works pretty well. I would prefer to buy organic clothing but realistically it is not always financially possible. Thanks for sharing.

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deborah November 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

Hi Marla,
Thank you so much for sharing your tip regarding washing new clothing with baking soda and powdered dried milk to remove toxins from fabrics. That is so helpful to our readers. I also prewash most new clothing.

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A. Lynn Jesus November 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Interesting read! It is so much more than just a shirt or dress on a hanger, isn’t it? The ripple is far reaching.

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deborah November 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

You are so right! The problem is appalling and overwhelming in it’s scope. And most people don’t realize the impact, especially for babies and young children. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.

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Jess November 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Wow. Just WOW! I had never really given much thought to organic clothing…until I read this article. I’ve been doing more research and plan to make some purchases soon. I cannot thank you enough for sharing this on *Mostly* Homemade Mondays.

This will be a featured blog post tomorrow morning. I hope to bring some additional traffic your way, as this is such an interesting and important topic that truly is often overlooked.

Thanks again (you ALWAYS bring such lovely posts over each Monday!!!) ~ Jess

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deborah November 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

Hi Jess,
Thank you so much for featuring my post “Are You a Fashion Victim? 10 Healthy Reasons to Avoid the Toxic Side of Fashion & Wear Organic Clothing” on Mostly Homemade Mondays! I am thrilled that you like this post and found this topic of interest as well. It is very disconcerting isn’t it? I sincerely appreciate your support! Have a happy holiday!

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Joyce @ It's Your Life February 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Great post, I have looked at some organic clothing, and bedding, but as of yet I have not purchased any. All our food, and cleaning product are organic, and that took time. Considering how many toxic items we have in our homes I feel it would take both time and money to replace them. I’m so glad that we only have a few throw rugs which I can throw into the washing machine to clean.

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R. L. Blackwell February 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

really, is it true??? its a nice way to know, but anyway, all my clothing are organic…thanks for the info..

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Teri March 19, 2014 at 12:35 am

Thanks for all of the great information. I recently saw a report about yellow dye and how toxic it is… and how many people dress their little girls in yellow. CRINGE! Some of my favorite clothes are from Nau and are nearly 10 years old but holding up beautifully! I’ll definitely make shopping for organic clothing more of a priority now. Do you know of any good sources for men’s dress clothes that are organic? My husband wears dress pants, shirt and tie for work every day and I can’t find organic that looks good. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated!

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