You are what you eat. But what about what you wear? Studies are beginning to suggest that yes, indeed, the clothes you wear next to your skin have an impact on your health.
Following the natural progression of looking at the ingredients in our food, and then our beauty products (paraben and sulfite-free, please!), this same scrutiny has migrated to our clothing. It’s time to take a good look at what we’re putting in our clothes and on our bodies.
From toxic dyes, pesticides, and fabrics made of synthetic chemical concoctions, it’s easy to see why monitoring what we put on our bodies, not just in them, is an important consideration. When I first started to get interested in eco-fashion, I focused primarily on the environmental benefits of greening my wardrobe, but as I’ve interviewed experts, production managers, and individuals affected by toxic clothing, I realized there are some very real health merits to sustainable fashion.
Doing research for my book, Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe, I came across a study from BioTech Articles on Toxicology which found that cancer cells multiply more quickly in test tubes made of polyester than glass. In other words, exposing cells (cancerous in this case) to polyester encourages rapid growth.
1. Buy natural fibers and avoid synthetics.
2. Shop organic whenever possible.
2. Look for natural (vegetable) or non-toxic dye use.
4. Support made in the USA clothing with a transparent supply chain.
By incorporating these steps into your shopping, you not only move toward a more eco-friendly (and non-toxic) wardrobe, but you help to support better production and products by voting with your dollars.
During Earth Month (April) this kind of conscious consumption is a great way to get involved … in style!