Choosing Eco-friendly Fabrics which are Formaldehyde Free is your best choice.
Fabric Lovers. Bedding Enthusiasts. Fashionistas.
Did you know most generic fabric meterage, bedding and clothing produced overseas is sprayed with formaldehyde or a flame retardant before being transported to Canada and USA. Fumigation spraying occurs during manufacturing and finishing processes of new fabric/clothing, and during shipping of new garments to stores and customers.
Fumigation is irresponsible and not necessary. Sadly, it is highly hazardous to our health, and rarely do we hear about it as it involves deadly chemicals.
When buying new fabric meterage or clothing, first ask yourself if you really need it. Really. If you need it, you can then ask the business owner if it has been sprayed or not. It is quite a simple inquiry. If one can not answer your question you might as well assume it has been sprayed. Deciding to buy eco-friendly, organic cotton fabrics and organic cotton clothing is best choice. Formaldehyde free. Learning to be a conscious responsible consumer brings along a sense of ease, knowing where the fabric/clothing is from and if it has been fumigated or not.
Formaldehyde is a particularly nasty and difficult chemical that is almost impossible to remove completely from clothing. Formaldehyde has a recognizable pungent smell. The formaldehyde chemical can not be removed completely from clothing regardless of time and numbers of washing. So the best thing to do is not buy fabric or clothing containing formaldehyde or other processing and finishing chemicals commonly used in conventional chemical-laced clothing.
Many of the easy-care clothing finishes – such as permapress, stain resistant, anti-static, anti-mildew, anti-bacterial, anti-cling, anti-shrink, flame retardant – contain formaldehyde or other harsh and toxic chemicals that have been linked with a litany of diseases and health problems.
Organic cotton fabrics and organic clothing are made from natural fibers grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals, and are then manufactured without toxic chemicals. (Especially in the finishing phase of manufacturing which commonly use very toxic chemicals.)
We buy clothing grown from organic and natural fibers for the sake of the earth; we wear clothing manufactured organically for the sake of our health.
The reality is that almost all of the toxic and carcinogenic pesticide, herbicide, and insecticide chemicals used during the growing of conventional cotton are removed during the fabric manufacturing process. It is during conventional fabric and garment manufacturing, and dyeing processes that clothes are drenched with toxic and hazardous chemicals to give them special properties. Avoid all clothing that is easy care, wrinkle-free, anti-static, anti-bacterial and all the other easy-care qualities.
Eco-friendly fabrics, organic cotton fabrics, ethical textile manufacturing and the global organic textile standard (GOTS) are all good choices that stay clear away from fumigation. Taking steps to learn more about your clothing and understanding what textile value implies is good news for your health and for the planet.