Toxic Fashion

Episode 466
40m | May 16, 2024

Packaged foods (obviously) have ingredients lists. Our favorite beauty products have ingredients lists. And those cleaning products under the kitchen sink? Yup, they've got ingredients lists, too.

Ever wonder why our clothes don't have ingredients lists? While we'd *like* to think our favorite garments are made of woven fibers and nothing more, the sad truth is there are countless unregulated chemicals in our closet go-tos (and these chemicals are likely harming our health).

On today's show investigative journalist Alden Wicker explains why synthetic fashion and dyes made from fossil fuels are so deeply intertwined with the rise of autoimmune disease, infertility, asthma, eczema, and more; she also suggests concrete action steps for curating a clean(er) closet.

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Here's a preview:

[7:00] Uncovering the chemicals in our clothes and what they're doing to our health

[10:30] Taking a special look at the especially problematic petrochemical-based azo dyes (often used on petrochemical-based fibers)

[17:00] If all this stuff is in our clothing, why don't garments have ingredients lists?

[22:00] Carter's, Victoria's Secret, and victim body blaming

[31:00] Why 'organic' doesn't mean much when it comes to clothing

[36:00] For subscribers! Action steps for curating a clean(er) closet


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