Top 10 Reasons You Decide Your New Cheap T-Shirt Isn’t So Great After All: Number 6

That “groovy” retro imprint of the Rolling Stones is made of PVC with phthalates – so in addition to making you sweat, your new shirt is heating up our planet.  Two kinds of “hot” we don’t want to associate with Mick!

So what are these “phthalates” and why do you care?  Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make some plastics more flexible and resilient, and can also be used as solvents.  You care because these chemicals have been found to be human endocrine system disruptors.  This alone should scare us enough to find alternatives.  The endocrine system is a series of glands and organs that help maintain and control the nervous system, reproductive system, growth and development, energy levels, and balance of body systems.

Where else are these chemicals found?  Well, in the U.S. you can find them in all kinds of consumers products ranging from hair spray, shampoo, nail polish, perfume to food packaging, wall coverings, hoses, raincoats, detergents, and the list goes on.

And those “fab” colors? They were most likely produced by bleaching and then dying the cotton with toxic, synthetic chemicals, much of which is dumped into waterways in developing countries. Lead, mercury, cadmium, and selenium have all been found in water supplies in Mexico downstream from textile plants.  Your health and that of your family can also suffer as synthetic dyes remaining in fabric can cause rashes, headaches, and nausea.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.   Look for companies who use low-impact dyes, naturally-colored fibers, and clothes with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) stamp.

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