Little Monsters Campaign

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sunday morning I chose an outfit for my eldest son, thinking it would be nice for him to wear a collared shirt for a change, rather than his usual Lego t-shirt and tracksuit pants combo.

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.



Sew Ruby and Sam said...

My husband drummed this into me when wecfirst metbso now I wouldn't consider wearing new unwashed clothes and also always prewash fabric before I sew so the trying on during making is safer and little ones can wear their new clothes straight away.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your comment Sew Ruby and Sam, good point, fabric must be washed prior to sew too.

Agy said...

My parents also drummed it into me that clothes should be washed before wearing. Recently, my HK relatives are very wary of any clothes that are bought in China.

Eddie Roued said...

Thanks Erica, always good with another reminder. I always try to do this and preferably in a machine with no soap.

Patti said...

Thank you, Erica. I didn't know much of this before. Will sign the petition too.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

I hope your son has recovered from the rash, it certainly looked nasty! I've signed up. Thank you EL. xo

tess said...

poor tyke!
yes, we always wash new used clothes and new new clothes

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