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Greenpeace report highlights hazardous chemicals in children’s clothing by Nick Boley
January 17, 2014, 13:12
Filed under: chemicals, Study Results | Tags: , , ,

The international environmental NGO, Greenpeace, has reported the results of a major study into children’s clothing. The study was designed to look at the presence and levels of potentially harmful chemicals which can be found in textile products.

The study found that a large number of chemicals, some of which are regulated in Europe, and others of which Greenpeace strongly consider should be the subject of more stringent regulation, are present in a wide range of children’s clothing, from a wide variety of manufacturers and retailers, made and purchased across many different countries worldwide.

The comprehensive technical study report, which details the analytical approaches used and stresses that the measurements were carried out in expert laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 for the analyses undertaken, particularly highlights the levels of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). These are leached from clothing during washing and are harmful to the environment. Other classes of chemicals which were found by the study include phthalate esters, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), organotin compounds and antimony.  Phthalate esters are found in printed garments, where they are probably used as plasticisers.

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