Tuesday 11 June 2013



1) Ordinary, non-organic cotton, is actually chemical cotton. At every stage in its lifecycle, huge amounts of toxic chemicals have been used, from GM seeds, to pesticides, to finishes on the fabric.
2) Harmful chemicals may be introduced at all stages of the production process, including fibre processing, yarn spinning,yarn dyeing, fabric manufacture, garment manufacture, garment dyeing, and screen printing.
3) The chemical residue of all the products used on chemical cotton cannot be entirely removed because most of the chemicals do not wash out.
4) These chemicals can shift from the clothes to our skin and into our bodies when clothes are worn where they can trigger rashes, allergies, and other, long-term, and serious conditions.
5) The skin is the largest organ of the human body. Not only does it keep out bacteria, dirt and water out, it also lets things in - oxygen, sunlight, and chemicals - think moisturisers and other body-beautiful products. Less a wall, more like a wire fence, many medicines are specifically designed to be absorbed through the skin, from pain-relief plasters, to nicotine patches.
6) The chemicals being absorbed from fabrics by the skin include dioxin - a known carcinogen and hormone disruptor. According to WHO (World Health Organisation) ‘Dioxins [are]considered highly toxic and able to cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer’.
7)As well as being linked to infertility, decreased sperm count, menstrual problems, and birth defects, dioxins have been linked with diabetes and liver damage and damaging the body’s immune system.
8) Manufactured by US chemical TNCs (transnational corporations), Dow and Monsanto, (currently pushing for global acceptance of their GM seeds and crops), dioxin was used (as Agent Orange ) in chemical warfare carried out by the US against Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam War.
9) Dioxin has been described as ‘perhaps the most toxic molecule ever synthesized by man’.
10) Dioxin accumulates in the body over time, adding to the toxic load/body burden of artificial chemicals in the body over a lifetime. This is the ‘chemical cocktail which can cause kinds of illnesses, conditions and health impacts, from relatively mild to terminal.
11) BONUS FACT: dioxins are also concentrated in meat, dairy and fish products.

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