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Do you know that our body is exposed to thousands of toxic and hazardous chemicals whenever the dress we wear comes into contact with our body? Shocking this may seem, but the fact is, that our skin can easily absorb these killer chemicals through our pores, and may well enter the blood streams to make matters worse!
It is just not the chemicals added to the fabrics that we should be concerned about, but also how the fibres themselves are manufactured in laboratories using killer chemical ingredients. Bras you wear are commonly manufactured using synthetic fibres. Petroleum, coal and natural gas and other agricultural by-products are made use of to make nylon, thus forming dicarboxylic acid, diamine and acetic acid.
The material used as padding in almost all bras, manufactured and used by women, these days, contain Polyurethane foam that is made from petroleum products by forming a polymer with the help of a complex organic process, which is beyond the scope of the article. However, keep yourself informed that it has given rise to several issues concerned with toxicity. What’s more baffling is that how little the consumer is aware of the toxic nature of padding foam material readily used in brassieres.
Bras also contain Toulene, a crude-oil by-product, which is freely available in polyurethane foam and nylon fabric. Many countries have banned the use of Toulene, as it can be absorbed by the skin pores and get into the bloodstream.
Triclosan, another chemical substance, which is the main material ingredient in sports and athletic bras, has all the chemical properties like that of Toulene and it can retard the growth of bacteria. No wonder, it can be readily detected in breast milk, and is more pronounced in personal care products. VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), are thus, liberated through the off-gassing of PU foam.
Most dyes, these days, are highly synthetic containing carcinogens. If you are someone used to wearing coloured inner garments, watch out, as they are made of synthetic dyes. Several countries have taken steps to ban carcinogens completely due to their rather toxic nature and composition.
The answer to these issues and more lies in switching over to organic clothing. Organic fabrics are manufactured using cotton cultivated without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. The dyeing process involves the use of natural and organic dyes that have zero or very low impact on the environment. They don’t possess any harmful effects as that of the chemicals. This implies that the fabric, more often than not, is not dyed at all.
Today, times have changed, and more often than not, issues like sustainability, pollution control, transparency, fair trade and social justice have been at the forefront of manufacturing process of companies that are into organic fabric production.
Even smaller companies are now manufacturing under garments adhering to the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) Certification guidelines. You can well flaunt off with the style, and enjoy the comfort of what an undie made of synthetic fabric can offer, but does it really do well is the question. If you prefer to sleep in a bra, ensure it is of organic fabric and not any padded or synthetic.
Studies prove that 1 in 8 women will be subjected to diagnosis of breast cancer in their lifetime. It is time we pick well-being and good health over sexiness and glam, and say ‘no’ to toxic chemicals, in any form, in our clothing, as they can have a ‘slow poison’ effect on our body. So, next time around, go only for clean organic clothing.