Tuesday, June 22, 2010

chemicals in clothing

Natural materials such as cotton and wool are naturally fire resistant and let our skin breath. Kid's PJs that are made from synthetic materials are required to be made fire resistant - this involves the use of toxic fire retardants (sometimes sewn into the synthetic material itself). There is nothing in the labelling to say this. Make sure you buy 100% cotton baby clothes.

Wash all new clothes and sheets before use, as they are often coated in formaldehyde to make them sit flat in their packaging. Avoid any crinkle-free clothing or bedding.

Cotton growing is a big environmental problem, seek out organic cotton. These organic cotton clothes from Purebaby are a good choice. Note they still come with a 'Low Fire Danger' label, this is due to cotton being naturally resistant.

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