The most vulnerable clients of the luxury sector are under threat. Turns out, a lot of clothing and accessories produced by luxury brands are purveyors of hazardous chemicals. So all those who thought their tiny tot can pull off a great Dolce & Gabbana or Louis Vuitton, I’d say, proceed with caution.
According to a new investigation by Greenpeace International, a broad range of hazardous chemicals have been found in children’s clothing and footwear produced by eight luxury fashion brands. Products from different parts of the world were collected as samples for the research. And the results could make you squirm. Still, better you than your little one, huh?
A total of twenty-seven samples were sent to independent accredited laboratories. This is the first study done by Greenpeace where the products were all manufactured by major luxury brands. Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Trussardi and Versace were all investigated for the presence of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs).
Certain products were also analysed for phthalates, per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), or antimony. Of the 27 products analysed, 16 were found to contain the chemicals, which have hormone-disrupting properties. That makes plenty clear, the need take action. After all, how hard is it to produce clothes for kids that are toxic free?
Over and above, the cumulative effect of over 50 years of hazardous chemicals use in the textile sector has resulted in a major global environmental crisis. Which is why, Greenpeace is calling on the companies to recognise the urgency of the situation and become Detox Leaders – committing to zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by January 1, 2020.
[Via – Greenpeace]