Dads against formaldehyde in kids’ clothes
When “Made in China” goes wrong … have you checked the labels of kids shops recently? I’m struggling to find anything that’s NOT made in China. I think that’s quite sad for a number of reasons (supporting local brands, product miles, etc.) but now we’ve got the formaldehyde problem.
Formaldehyde in children’s clothing
Formaldehyde (gas) is commonly used in the manufacturing of clothes to make them wrinkle and stain resistant. The problem is that clothes from China have been found to levels up to 900 times higher than considered safe by the World Health Organisation.
Formaldehyde has been linked to serious illnesses like cancer and may trigger attacks in people with asthma in high concentrations. So this is the last thing I’d want anywhere near my kids.
What to do?
First of all it’s really important to check the labels of clothes – if the country of origin is not specified, I usually just ask in the shop. The other option is to buy clothes from certified organic or local shops who use only natural resources. There are quite a lot of clothes available made of pure cotton or wool (e.g. merino). Clothes from Europe tend to be safe as the use of formaldehyde in the production of clothes is no longer allowed.
Either way – watch what you are buying for your kids!