Clothing that’s full of GMOs, dyes and pesticides
This is a tough one, but nearly all the clothing sold in stores today is absolutely loaded with GMOs, dyes and pesticides. Let me explain:
Any clothing containing cotton is almost certainly GMO, as virtually all the cotton grown in America today is genetically modified. Of course, you’re not eating that pair of jeans, so this may not concern you personally, but there’s still a huge environmental impact of GMO cotton being grown on farms.
Far worse from a personal health perspective are the dyes. Clothing dyes are almost always toxic, cancer-causing chemicals, and if you’ve ever worn a new piece of clothing and later discovered some of the dye rubbed off on your arms or legs, you know how easily these dyes can transfer from the clothing to your skin (and then into your bloodstream).
Finally, all non-organic cotton is loaded with pesticides, and those pesticide chemicals can promote Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other brain disorders (Pesticides and Diseases). The only cotton that’s free of pesticides is 100% organic cotton, which is available from a few specialty stores and online retailers.
SAFETY TIP: If you do buy someone a gift of clothing, or if you receive one yourself, wash the clothes in hot water (by themselves, without polluting your other clothing) and use an extra rinse cycle. Dry them in the dryer and then wash them again! This is the only way to remove most of the dyes and pesticides found in these clothes, and even this process doesn’t remove all the dangerous chemicals.
Remember this, too: Nearly all clothing containing cotton boosts the profits of Monsanto, which sells the genetically modified cotton seeds that farmers use to produce this cotton. So buying someone a pair of jeans for Christmas is essentially putting more money into Monsanto’s pocket.
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