Toxic Chemicals found in ‘Kids’ Garments

Greenpeace’s “A little Story about the Monsters in your Closet” a campaign report which details the chemical test results conducted with the major brands which includes Disney, Burberry, Adidas, GAP, H&M, Li-Ning, Nike, American Apparel, C&A, Primark, Puma, and Uniqlo . The report claims that, the garments proved as “Positive” for the presence of hazardous chemicals. This initiative is one of the effort of Greenpeace’s ongoing “Detox Campaign” which calls for major clothing brands to commit to “Zero Discharge of all hazardous chemicals by 2020“.

The test findings were as follows;

  1. One Adidas Swimsuit contained higher levels of perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOAs) than the permitted levels of Adidas’s own RSL. This PFOAs are very mharm to the users and they remain in people and cause very adverse effect on people.
  2. One Printed T-Shirt of Primark Children’s wear found with 11% phthalates, which can harm reproductive and hormonal systems. The T-Shirt is also detected with the nonylphenolethoxylates (NPEs)
  3. This NPEs – nonylphenolethoxylates found with atleast one article from every brand tested. NPEs degrade to nonylphenol (NP), which is bioaccumulative and can act as a hormone disruptor.

This report and campaign is an alarm for our industry to pay more attention towards their chemicals use and need to have control over their systems for regulations.

Myself & Mr. Girish of Pacific Ventures working on in detail with the report of Greenpeace, we will update you more in our next article.

For Reference:

  1. Technical Report of “Monster in your Closet” [1] [2]

Featured Image Credits: Detox Campaign Website

Raman Azhahia Manavalan

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