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Danish agency surveys chemical substances in textiles
Sep '11
With an objective to launch a campaign to impart knowledge to Danish citizens about health and environment aspects in connection with textiles, the Department for Applied Environmental Assessment has conducted a “Survey of chemical substances in textiles” by examining the currently available goods in Danish markets.

The study concluded that the most of imported textiles and clothing originated in East Europe and Asia. It said the textiles and clothing contain dangerous chemicals in varying amounts. The presence of such chemicals is due to the large amount of their usage during the manufacturing process.

The study says, several of the chemicals get removed when washed in the washing machine. Still, phthalates, anti-bacterial agents and some heavy metals do not get removed. However, phthalates and to some degree also the heavy metals can be avoided by buying eco-labeled or health-labeled textiles sold in the Danish market.

It recommends buying of organic production labels, as the use of chemicals to produce organically grown clothing will be lower compared to a non eco-labeled one.

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to launch an information campaign on chemicals in clothes and other textiles that come in contact with people, in the autumn of 2011.

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