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Protect your fashionistas: Keep kids clothes toxic-free

Posted at 6:28 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 19:12:35-04

ORLANDO, Fla. — Adidas, Burberry and Disney are just a few brands that Greenpeace looked at for children’s clothing and found some harmful chemicals that could be affecting your little ones.

Trends for tots, fashion for mini fashionistas, designer wear for teens, the children’s fashion industry is a 200-billion-dollar business, outpacing men’s and women’s wear.

But does all this beauty come at a price? What goes into making these clothes could be putting your child’s health at risk.

A survey by the center for environmental health found high lead levels in belts and some shoes which could lead to high blood pressure and stroke. Greenpeace also found nonylphenols in clothing. These chemicals are used for cleaning products, packaging and pesticides. In some sportswear, it was also reported that perfluorinated compounds could be found.

These chemicals are among the six major greenhouse gases. In their study, the group looked at 82 items.

In 94 percent of the products they found chemicals used plastic films, floor coverings, shower curtains, pipes and cables. If you are shopping look out for words such as antibacterial, moisture-wicking, stain proof, and wrinkle free as these clothes may be toxic. Protecting your kids from harm while they look run-way ready. The skin is the largest organ in the body that eliminates and absorbs.

If toxins touch your skin, they can enter your child’s blood stream. Total health suggests sticking to products made out of cotton, silk, wool and other natural fibers.