23 Aug '11, 5pm

Big-Brand Clothing Found Laced with Toxic Chemicals

Big-Brand Clothing Found Laced with Toxic Chemicals

Samples of clothing from 14 of the most popular brands in the U.S., including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren, have tested positive for toxic chemicals known as nonylphenol ethoxylates , according to a recent report by Greenpeace. NPEs are harmful to the environment and to human health—and the effects are not limited to where the clothes are manufactured. "Since residual levels of NPEs are released when clothes are washed, they are in effect creeping into countries where their use is banned," said Greenpeace campaigner Li Yifang. AFP reports that the chemicals are commonly used as detergents in industrial processes, and were detected in two-thirds of the samples the group tested. More from AFP : "NPEs break down to form nonylphenol, which has toxic, persistent and hormone-disrupting properties," Li told journalists...

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