Water-resistant/proof or stain-resistant clothing is treated with chemicals so avoid direct contact with skin if possible or avoid it completely. Unfortunately,
Flame retardants are still often found in children’s pajamas.
AVOID DRY CLEANING WHEN POSSIBLE BUT WHEN YOU DO NEED DRY CLEANING YOUR CLOTHING :
Be sure to let clothes “air out” outside for a week without the plastic and do NOT leave them in your car and drive around for days! Try to find a dry cleaner that uses a less toxic process as many of the chemicals used in conventional dry cleaning are pollutants that can contaminate air, soil, and groundwater. Unfortunately, many of the alternative “green” methods are not much better. According to the Environmental Working Group, the only safe methods use liquid carbon dioxide or the wet cleaning method.
3 Furniture – sofas, chairs, tables, desks, and mattresses when new
can “off-gas” volatile organic compounds or (VOCs) into your home and compromise your indoor air quality and stick around for a long time. These are usually big investments so it is critical to be a conscious consumer and ask questions of the manufacturers that you are considering purchasing from.
So Say no to:
- Flame retardants
- polyurethane foam and soybean foam
- stain-resistant chemicals and formaldehyde (often in glues)
- Petroleum-based synthetic fabrics and toxic dyes
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