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Let’s continue from where we left in the last blog. A question that pops up in everyone’s mind pertaining production of toxin-free garments is whether it’s economically viable for textile manufacturers to completely replace toxic additives with safer alternatives. Most experts agree that it’s definitely possible to do so, and, furthermore, add that it’s the need of the hour for a sustainable business.
Specific groups of toxins, previously regulars in the supply chain, have been methodologically phased out by such manufacturers in quick time —for instance, biodegradable fluorocarbon and biopolymer-free water repellent materials were employed as safer alternatives. Significantly, these firms have also incentivized “upstream” players in the supply chains of textile industry, those who offer detergents and dyes, to weigh-in and claim stake for a share in the textile market for safer options. Enforcement of regulations across the globe will push the textile industry to shift to zero-toxin mode. If regulations are made more stringent, it has to eventually switch to safer alternatives.
Here’s what parents can do about it:
1. Avoid buying shoes, sandals, boots or raingear made entirely or mostly of plastic-or rubber-like materials. Watch out whether the shoes that you purchase are treated with anti-microbial chemicals.
2. Do away with garments having Plastisol, ink used for screen-printing on to textiles, particularly in the case of logos and slightly raised designs.
3. Avoid clothes that promise strain-resistance, odour-resistance, and water-proof as toxic chemicals are used in the production process.
4. Say no to polyester, which frequently has traces of antinomy.
5. Switch to buying natural fibers; go for 100% organic wear.
6. Avoid washing clothes in plant-based detergents containing synthetic fragrance: these may have hormone disrupting chemicals. Do away with fragrant dryer sheets.
It has been estimated by the Organic Trade Association that one non-organic T-shirt consumers one-third pound of fertilizers and pesticides. Almost one-fourth of the entire world’s fertilizers are used for the production of cotton. You’ve all the good reasons to choose pure organic cotton wear from the make of Bitz India; talk to us today.