According to a Greenpeace report, those monsters under the bed that so many children are scared of, may not be the ones to worry about. An alarming amount of toxic chemicals in our children’s clothing, similar to those in adult garments are found in many big names brands such as GAP, American Apparel, Uniqlo and Burberry.
Between May and June 2013, 82 children’s clothing items from the above mentioned brands, were shipped to Greenpeace’s laboratories to be tested as part of the environmental organisation’s wider Detox Campaign.
Studies have found that hazardous substances were present in all items. The ‘little monsters’ as they are described, are polluting out waterways and affecting our health. One Adidas swimsuit contained higher amounts of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) than needed. PFOA is known to be a hormone disruptor when used excessively.
As China is the world’s largest producer of textiles, Greenpeace is taking the matter up with the Chinese government.
Greenpeace is urging the Chinese government to stem the tide of hazardous chemicals by publishing and acting upon a chemical blacklist.
In Greenpeace’s initial Detox campaign in 2013, the charity managed to get major high street retailers such as Zara and Topshop to commit to removing all hazardous chemicals by 2020.