Information about the Uses of Chemicals in the Textile Industry
Fashion consumers may often wonder if there are hazardous chemicals in the clothing and fabric they wear and purchase. The gathered data and compiled research does indeed confirm this notion. The textile industry uses six hundred dyes and chemicals at an average, in order to produce the textiles consumers use for clothing and other fabric-based items.
The images on your left, provide a list of the generic chemical compounds subject to regulated use in textile manufacture. The other list provides information on how and why manufacturers find it necessary to use hazardous chemicals in clothing and fabric production. (Please click on the image to see a larger view).
In order to put the consumer's mind at ease, the Environmental Protection Agency has enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), which mandates reportorial requirements from textile industries to determine manufacturers’ compliance with applicable federal statutes and regulations, particularly those that pertain to Toxic Chemicals Release Inventory Reporting.
Regulations include the observance of the restrictions for chemical use. These chemicals include but are not limited to; prohibited amines in azo dyes, chlorinated phenols, formaldehyde, extractable heavy metals, residual pesticides, allergenic dyes, chlorinated benzenes& toluene compounds, organa tin compound and phthalates.