Across the entire textile and garment lifecycle, more than 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used in order to produce modern clothing today. These chemicals include carcinogenic, mutagenic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as formaldehyde, brominated flame retardants and perfluorinated chemicals. The use of many of these chemicals, particularly in the manufacturing process, is to provide clothing with varying useful and desirable features, such as wrinkle-resistance and waterproofing. However, the exposure to these hazardous chemicals across the lifecycle has significant negative impacts on human health as well as the environment.
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