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Pesticides and toxicants can add up to 35% of the weight of a garment.
Cotton, even though it is a natural material, is one of the biggest consumers of pesticides in the world. For nearly 3 of the world's cultivated area, it is responsible for 25 of the pesticides used.
Add to this all the treatments that clothes undergo to make them more flexible, more colorful, more washed out and you get an anthology of toxic products in direct and daily contact with our skin and that of our babies.
Greenpeace has published a study showing that some brands market clothing containing dangerous chemicals which, when released into the environment, degrade into toxic compounds, capable of acting as endocrine disruptors, disrupting hormonal functioning and notably impacting reproductive functions. Some of these compounds are also carcinogenic.
Now think back to your baby chewing on her bodysuits and the collar of your T-shirt.
It is possible to get rid of some of these products by passing them through the machine. But be aware that in the worst cases, it will take around ten washes to completely clean this little body that you love so much.
And, I'm not even telling you about synthetic materials that come mainly from hydrocarbons, coal, petroleum … )
Organic cotton partially responds to this problem because it is grown with natural compost which replaces chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It is GMO free. The water consumption necessary for its cultivation is reduced by half compared to conventional cotton. Its fiber is bleached with hydrogen peroxide and not with chlorine. The dyes are made without heavy metals or other carcinogenic substances.
To find out more, you can find the full study on the Greenpeace website.