Have you ever walked into a department store and felt slightly nauseous? Do you notice that certain 'smell' cheaper department stores seem to have?
If you have, believe me, it's not the whiff of 'high end' fashion wafting over you, but more likely the chemicals cladding the clothes, the back packs, the shoes, the toys and well, pretty much everything in the store. And now also circulating the air in your lungs and caressing your skin.
And I am not exaggerating. Take a look at the list of chemicals listed by Choice Australia in Science Notes. And that is just the main ones. All kinds of chemicals in dyes, anti wrinkles, anti fungals, solvents, waterproofers, anti stainers etc etc..
DEPARTMENT STORES SELLING FAST FASHION | CHEAP CLOTHES, TOYS, BAGS ETC EXUDE THAT CHEMICAL 'SMELL' FOR A REASON. BECAUSE THEY ARE FULL OF CHEMICALS. AND YOU ARE WALKING THROUGH A CHEMICAL COCKTAIL MORE FULL THAN THE COCKTAIL LIST AT THE BAR ON FRIDAY NIGHT. AND AT LEAST YOU GET TO SEE THAT LIST... WELL, FOR AS LONG AS YOU CHOOSE.
The thing is that if you purchase any of these items, you will note that the chemicals you are potentially being doused in aren't generally listed on the garment or product - either by name or by potential health hazard.
In the end, there are literally thousands of better options online for pretty much anything you could ever want.. Most honest manufacturers are transparent and make it easy to uncover what is in their products, where they were made and how. (If it seems too hard, it probably is.)
There is also an excellent app called Good on You which rates the 'ethical-ness' of garments and accessories. It was developed by a Sydney team and now has thousands of brands and growing globally.
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