It was not until the 1800s that people truly began living in color. This does not relate to color TVs, but rather, dyed clothes.
People realized they were cheap to produce, bright, easily applied to clothing fabric and could absorb the color quickly. The color craze persisted and before we knew it, natural dye died and everyone embraced the artificial.
This new exciting world of synthetically-colored clothing that thrives today in 2015 has its fair share of disadvantages. The harmful effects of synthetic dyes offer a fair share of concerns for health, as well as the environment.
The most common chemicals used in synthetic clothing dyes include aniline, formaldehyde, dioxin, etc. These chemicals are toxic, explosive and carcinogenic. Those who think they are safe just because they wear synthetic clothes every now and then are wrong. What one does not know is that their skin absorbs all the chemicals that end up accelerating health problems.
When these toxins are absorbed from clothing, they are taken into the lymphatic system, the bloodstream and lastly, the central organ responsible for detoxification, the liver. Over time, they end up suffocating an individual's skin and end up shutting down the toxin release process entirely. Picture your body becoming unable to get rid of all the harmful toxins inside it.
These chemicals also have their effect on the environment. Some companies fail to dispose of their waste properly and neglect proper recycling practices. They end up dumping it into rivers or, if they do recycle, manage to separate the water and toxic waste without knowing what to do with all the sledge. In the past, some companies have confessed to dumping almost 20,000 tons of sledge in rivers.
When these chemicals are dumped into the ground, they end up impacting groundwater and the soil. This is the same soil that is meant to grow the vegetables that you consume every now and then. The air and wildlife are also affected by the synthetic dyes in our clothes.
The adverse symptoms of synthetically colored clothing usually start in a very subtle way. You get a rash on the skin under a colored area of your garment that was probably too tight or hung a bit too close. This rash irritates you for a day or two before you decide to apply some 'miracle' moisturizer. After that doesn't work, a visit to the dermatologist is probably your last hope. It is at the doctor's office that you will learn your rash is highly cancerous. Other symptoms include:
For example, asbestos is not chemically harmful, but is dangerous in mineral configuration. Responsible dye producers have found safe practices that protect individuals as well as the environment. One such practice is the treatment of waste with organic materials before disposing it.
Make the decision to prevent any potential health problems from affecting you today. Say goodbye to artificial colored clothes and embrace a new synthetic-free lifestyle. You just might end up saving your most precious asset: your life.
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