Is your wardrobe toxic?March 14, 2011
What goes in your body? Good, clean, whole, real food? Sweet.
Ok, what goes on your body? Natural skincare products? (Remember this important class I hosted on the topic? I hope you were listening.)
But what else goes on your body?
I’m talking about your clothes. Your sheets. Your towels. I mean, have you ever thought about the fabric that touches you all day and night? It’s just one of many ways that our bodies become overwhelmed with toxins and in need of a fresh start now and then.
When I was deciding to use cloth diapers for the baby, a lot of people warned me that they’d done the research and cloth diapering really wasn’t eco-friendly. (Apparently this is based on the amount of water it takes to clean them. Well, sure. I don’t know, that could be true. Maybe disposables are actually the eco-friendly choice. Huh.) But I didn’t give a damn because for me, cloth diapering is not about saving the earth. Nope.
I just didn’t want all that plasticky crap up against my sweet baby’s rear end. Imagine sitting in Pampers all day. Ick. And did you know that most brands are bleached with chlorine, which releases dioxin?
But this isn’t a story about babies, per se. It’s about you, too. And me. After all, most synthetic fabrics are treated with chemicals during and after processing.
For instance, those wrinkle-free pants are suspect. You’re wearing Teflon! Flame-retardant and stain-resistant fabrics are questionable too. A formaldehyde product is often applied to prevent clothes from shrinking. Eeek! Nylon and polyester? Made from petroleum-based chemicals.
Hmmm. Now I’m no expert in textiles but using a little common sense you can see that organic cotton is probably a nicer choice than any of those. Or linen. Or wool. Not that I’m replacing my whole wardrobe or suggesting you should. But why not make sure the fabric closest to your skin is natural and chemical-free? Or maybe once a week dress without the synthetics?
When it came to diapers, I chose these Bamboozles. They fit better than disposables because there is elastic around the legs and back. That means fewer blowouts.
And yes, I wash diapers every day. Hanging to dry, I call them my little chickens. Don’t they kind of look like chickens at the butcher?
I thought washing would be a real pain but it’s fairly easy using this great detergent:
The final touch is a cute waterproof cover – at least this stuff isn’t directly on his skin.
Are all of Danny’s clothes perfectly organic and such?
No, but I do pre-wash everything for him, and you should do the same for your new clothes. Remember, when it comes to your toxic load – every bit of reduction helps.
Do you have a favorite brand of natural/organic clothing?