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At worst your whole wardrobe is a fierce chemical cocktail. How about allergenic or even carcinogenic dyes, skin irritant formaldehyde to prevent the fabric from wrinkling and endocrine disrupting plastizisers in the prints of sweaters and sportswear? How about remains of allergenic dimethyl fumarate used to protect the garments from mold when they cross the oceans in containers? Perfluorinated substances make your weather jacket or the kids’ overalls water repellent, but may also be endocrine disruptive and take thousands of years to decompose in nature. The list could be made much longer.

A chemically clever wardrobe is not only healthier for you and for the textile workers, it is also a gift to planet Earth.