A recent story on Today Tonight which highlighted the growing issue of chemical sensitivities and allergic reactions really made me stop and wonder.
Even having dealt with allergies and chemical sensitivities for quite some time I find I still make assumptions that products that are imported into Australia have been checked and are safe for us to use.
The Today Tonight interview on Toxic Consumer Products really highlighted the fact that we live in a buyer beware society. The European Union lists 300,000 harmful chemicals and sets maximum limits for products that come into contact with our skin;Australia however has no enforced limits just guidelines and only lists 50,000 chemicals.
If you feel a little itchy after wearing something this could be the reason and as highlighted by Debra Walters it could result in a life threatening reaction.
With our ever increasing busyness we have a desire to want things faster and easier. A bit like that tag that reads ‘wrinkle free and stain resistant’ and we think awesome no more ironing, but in actual fact what it really means is that it has been treated with formaldehyde and consequently 5 minutes of ironing doesn’t feel quite so bad.
It is nearly impossible to know what is in our clothes however the precautions outlined in the article will give some protection: -
Wash new clothes before wearing them;
Look for natural fibres;
Choose certified organic Cotton and vegetable dyes ;
Avoid products labelled stain or water resistant.
Take time when purchasing items for you and your family – we really have an opportunity to change and create a better environment for future generations.