When people go shopping for clothes, their buying decisions are usually based on style and the price tag. But, next time you shop, you should also consider your health and the way your clothing choices are impacting your overall wellness.
Even though clothing seems harmless to your health, you need to remember that the clothing sits on your skin and any chemicals or toxic elements can be absorbed into your body through the skin.
As with many other consumer products, a cheap price tag might not be as good as it seems. Remember that you get what you pay for! Over the years, mass-produced clothing has become more common, and these cheap items are dominating the market. Some people spend quite a bit of money every year to keep up with the latest style or fashion, and they look for the best prices to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses.
When you buy a bargain clothing item, you need to think about the true costs of the item. If manufacturers are driven to keep costs down, then sacrifices will be made in terms of the environment, labor, health and quality.
Consider the fact that your skin is the largest organ on your body, and it absorbs anything that comes in contact with it. If you rub lotion, cream, or any other beauty products on your skin, then it will be absorbed into your body. More awareness has been raised about the potentially toxic ingredients in beauty products, which has caused people to be more aware of their purchases. But many people are still in the dark about the health impact of their clothing.
Even if you are cautious about the beauty products that you are purchasing, you also need to consider other toxic items. Clothing is the most common thing that comes in contact with your skin, and mass-produced clothing is loaded with toxic products. The fabric is often toxic, and it is treated with other toxic ingredients: dye, finishes, and scents.
Many people rationalize that their clothing is fine because they bring it home and wash it before it is worn. But, even after clothing has been washed a few times, there are still high levels of toxic substances. These toxins have been linked with a number of health problems, including irritating skin rashes, neurological disorders, respiratory problems, and cancer.
When you are shopping for clothing, there are a few red flags that you should be watching for. Some types of clothing are marketed with special features to make them more convenient to use and care for, but these conveniences means that the clothing was manufactured with additional toxins.
Avoid clothing that is labeled as:
° Anti-anything else
Even though it might sound appealing to avoid ironing your clothing and get rid of common static problems, it’s not worth the added cost of paying for a hospital bill in the future because of the damage the toxins can cause on your health!
A few of the most common fabrics are well-known for being loaded with chemicals. In fact, three of the most common fabrics are man-made and they are produced using hundreds of chemicals during the manufacturing process. Avoid these three: nylon, acrylic, and polyester.
In addition to the harmful ways these toxins impact your health when the fabric comes in contact with your skin, you also need to consider the impact that these chemicals have on the environment. During the manufacturing process, these toxins are released into the air and water supply, causing a domino effect on the health of everyone in the area. These toxins are released into the water and environment even more when the clothing is laundered or discarded.
Just because low-quality, toxic clothing is so common, doesn’t mean that you need to put your family at risk. There are a number of clothing companies that recognize the need for healthier alternatives, and you can find these items if you know where to look. Because of the easy access of online shopping, these items are even more accessible than ever before.
Here are some of the types of fabric that you should consider: organic cotton, organic wool, raw silk, organic linen, organic hemp, and blends of any of these fabrics. Make sure that you research the company before buying the products, and you can find a manufacturer that you can trust.
I personally love the organization, CATA Organic, because they offer a number of organic clothing options. Just because you are wearing organic clothing, doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice style! You will see that they have many different styles available, and I enjoy feeling trendy without sacrificing the health of my family.
Resources: http://hippocratesinst.org/Energy/choose-organic-natural-clothing http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/15/are-your-clothes-toxic/