Sometimes, harmful contaminants will find their way into the most unexpected places. Recently, Greenpeace made the discovery that chemical toxins somehow “accidentally” ended up in top 14 brands of clothing. Much too my dismay, one of these brands is the popular clothing brand H&M. I practically live in H & M! The other brands are: Calvin Klein, Adidas, Converse, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bauer Hockey, Cortefiel, Uniqlo, Gap, Lacoste, Nike, Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH Corp) and Puma.
The chemicals are nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), and break down to create nonylphenol, a dangerous toxin that is known for closely mimicking female hormones. Too many female hormones can cause hormone-related disturbances, particularly among women as they can alter sexual development and cause reproductive problems.
While most people would be under the assumption that because we are not ingesting the chemicals and simply wearing clothing containing them, that there really is not much to be concerned about. Unfortunately a lot of us tend to dismiss the skin as not being as significant as say, the heart, lungs, or liver. I cannot stress enough that the skin is our largest organ, and it absorbs most everything applied to it.
In any event, it is good to be aware, and as vegetarians, we must try and be as health conscious as possible. At times all of these new findings can be daunting, but at least we are staying “in the loop of things” so to speak.
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