I picked a shirt from his wardrobe, designer I might add, a Christmas gift new with tag. I removed the tag, helped my son button his cool new shirt, and thought nothing more of it.
:: New Designer Shirt ::
By midday, he started scratching, by mid afternoon he'd removed his shirt and complained of itchiness, to my horror I find his back covered in a bright red rash. After lashings of anti histamine cream, the rawness of his rash started to fade, but I could see his uncomfort and distress.
:: Red Rash by Day 2 ::
The thought hadn't occurred to me at the time, but now it makes sense, why oh why did I not wash his new shirt before wear? Far too many brands use unsafe levels of chemicals in our clothing, chemicals such as formaldehyde that can trigger an allergic reactions and irritation of the skin.
Greenpeace have launched Little Monsters Campaign to raise the awareness of the toxin's found lurking in our children's clothes, hazardous chemicals that are not good for our skin and terrible for the environment. Read the full report here and pocket guide here.
This stems from the Detox Campaign, a global movement demanding a toxic-free future. The purpose is to convince big brands to clean up their products and work with their suppliers to ensure that no more hazardous chemicals are used to make the clothes we wear.
Did you or your family receive the gift of new clothing for Christmas? If so, please, please, please wash before wear, wash twice if you have to, this is a mistake I won't make again.
I'd also like to encourage readers to Sign The Fashion Manifesto to support the Greenpeace Detox Campaign. Beautiful fashion shouldn't cause toxic pollution, nor should it harm the skin we are in.