November 8, 2013 by Linda Kerr
Jeans made of durable cotton garments are in most families, perfect for slow, climbing and playing. But the clothes also contain chemicals that are far from child-friendly shows Testfakta, a Swedish garment testing company.
Nine out of ten children jeans contain chemicals, shows the Testfakta test, but not Polarn O. Pyret jeans. In particular, the environment takes a beating when toxic substances flow into the wash water.
In an analysis of ten pair of jeans for children from different European brands, it appears that three pairs containing the hazardous substance nonylphenol (NPE), which is very toxic to aquatic organisms, and has also been shown to disrupt the natural balance of hormones.
NPE is already prohibited in Europe, and the Swedish Chemicals Agency is currently lobbying the EU for a ban on the substance even in imported clothing.
Nine of the ten surveyed jeans also contains traces of aniline, a substance that is used when the fabric is colored and in higher concentrations is both hypoallergenic and environmentally harmful and even suspected of being carcinogenic.