My need to secure chem-free clothing is urgent.
By Linda Sepp.
As I wrote previously, my clothing situation is dire. I have less than a dozen items left that are safe for me to wear, all of them are in shreds and I have been wearing the same ragged outfit, almost 24/7, for about five months. It’s all I have that I can wear, and it is almost unwearable. None of it is suitable to wear in public, or warm enough for winter. All it will need to be thrown out very, very soon.
So, what does a person need re clothing? Is there a socially accepted human rights list of what someone should have? Or how many changes of clothing? Am I still human enough to “deserve” more than one set of safe clothes? Or clothes that are wearable in public?
Here are some thoughts on chemical-free clothing:
Most organic cotton clothing includes either the seed (an irritant) or is processed with chemicals and synthetic dyes. It is often contaminated with pesticides and other chemicals in storage and shipping. I’ve not been able to detox those types of things.
I have had no success with organic cotton goods from India or China, and best success with organic cotton from Peru and Texas/USA. European regulations are also much stronger than elsewhere.
There is only one company with some clothing listed as being completely chemical-free, some made especially for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. If anyone knows of more sources for truly chemical-free clothing and footwear, please send the info.
NOTE: added January 2013
Please see the list of safer alternatives here:
NOTE: added September 19,2012.
So many people are looking for chemical free clothing. There is a real need for it. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to exist.
I do NOT recommend Rawganique or the things listed below. Their product quality is not good, their customer service is horrid, and their products are NOT chemical free at all. They took just as much effort to detox as some regular clothing. See the post Laundry Decontamination Protocols.
An example of how the Rawganique advertising is misleading, if not completely untruthful: “Made from 100% hemp canvas from organic European hemp. Made in Europe. Sweatshop-free. No harsh chemicals or heavy metals were used in the production of our vegan hemp indoor slippers.”
Black foam inserts are not mentioned anywhere on the description.
I wore them out in less than a year, my feet sweated profusely whenever I did wear them, but my floors here are cold and painful without slippers.
I am going to put together a list of clothing suppliers that people with MCS have had some success with, but since people’s sensitivities vary, there are no sure things, yet…
Anyway, I now return you to the rest of the original post with what was my clothing wish list back in January 2010.
Clothing Brand: Rawganique
Rawganique, home-based in Canada, has listed a number of articles as being completely chemical-free. Chemical-free and undyed clothing has the most chance of success. Even so, numerous washings are required to remove residues from the manufacturing processes.
Suitable items that might work for me are listed below with sizes and colours; I need medium to large, loose fitting, undyed clothing.
RG841 Unisex Certified Organic Cotton Flannel Pajamas
2 different kinds:
- Pecan Brushed Flannel (colorgrown brown — unbleached & undyed)
- Natural Organic Cotton Paris Sateen Pyjamas — silky & smooth
Chemical-free. No heavy metals or harsh chemicals whatsoever were used in their production. Bleach-free and dye-free. Fabrics: 5.5 oz organic cotton flannel or 230 ct. organic cotton sateen. Certified by IMO of Switzerland.
$109 for set
Designed for the hemp purist, our Unisex Hemp Pajamas are made by Rawganique in Europe from certified organic hemp (with flax linen for structure). Sweatshop-free. Chemical-free. The fabric is a soft 45% hemp/55% linen jersey knit in a light sweater weight. Both hemp and linen fibers are hollow at the core, providing very good insulation in the winter and breathability in the warmer months. They are sustainably and mindfully made our fragile planet in mind.
Organic Cotton Fleece Thermal Long Johns
$135.00 for top & bottom set (or $69.00 each)
M (men’s M; women’s L)
Our Organic Cotton Fleece Thermal Long Johns are made from a specially spun 100% organic cotton fleece that’s brushed on both sides to a cashmere-like softness without the itchiness. It’s made from 100% organic cotton yarns (no polyester or latex or lycra). And as such, it’s the only truly pure and sustainable organic cotton fleece thermal underwear on the market for using as long johns or for the great outdoors. The fleece breathes and insulates well; its plushness will surprise you. The top doubles up as a cozy organic cotton fleece sweatshirt. There is no outgassing like recycled plastic fleece (recycling is good, but plastic is still plastic and petroleum-based). We started making these organic fleece undies when many customers asked us for pure thermals after suffering from severe allergies when wearing recycled plastic fleece clothing. The 100% certified organic cotton performance fleece is perfect under work clothes and overalls and/or ski suits, etc. as well.
Unisex Organic Linen Terry Jackets and Sweat Pants
RG745 Organic Linen Zippered Terry Jacket: $139.00
RG755 Organic Linen Terry Pants: $89.00
M (men’s M; women’s L) = M
Evening Sand Dunes (natural color of flax linen yarn)
Organic linen (65%) & organic cotton (35%) terry.
Our exclusive organic linen terry fabric truly exemplifies the legendary virtues of hollow-core baste fibers such as hemp and flax linen: they are breathable and very good insulators (they trap your own body heat to keep you warm and toasty even in very cold climates; in warmer climates, they wick away moisture at a fast clip, keeping you cozy without being trapped in perspiration).
They are warm, cozy, fuzzy, and incredibly comfortable to wear when the chill factor goes up in late summer/early fall all the way through to early spring. They are one of our warmest jackets: practical, handsome, and sustainable. The Organic Linen Terry Jackets have just enough of a collar to keep you warm when zipped up but not too much to be in the way. The collar of our organic linen jackets are lined with a soft, unbleached, & undyed 100% organic flax linen fabric where the jacket touches the skin on your neck.
Organic Cotton Fleece Sweatshirt
Our Organic Cotton Fleece Sweatshirts are made from a proprietary fabric that’s especially spun for the occasion. It’s cotton-candy soft and cozy: the fleece is brushed on both sides to a plush, silky softness. It’s made from 100% organic cotton yarns (no polyester or latex or lycra in the fabric at all). There is no outgassing like recycled plastic fleece (recycling is good, but plastic is still plastic and petroleum-based). We started making these organic fleece sweaters when many customers asked us for pure thermals after suffering from severe allergies when wearing recycled plastic fleece clothing they’d bought elsewhere.
Certified Organic Cotton Yoga Flares made in USA
These Organic Cotton Yoga Flares – Pants are a must-have: contemporary, comfortable and oh-so-versatile. The cctton/lycra stretch fabric waistband sits softly just below your waist. The straight legs are mid calf length with a 4″ slit on the inside seam. Light and fliud in our 100% Cotton Cashmere. Latex Free.
Organic Hemp Flax Linen Knit T-shirts
This mindful cotton-free Organic Hemp & Flax Knit T-shirt is made specifically for the purist who will settle for nothing less than truly sustainable products in their wardrobe. From the raw, untreated 45% hemp and 55% flax fibers (both organically grown and processed without chemicals or pesticides of any kind in Romania) to the finished T-shirt that is cozy, comfy, & slitheringly soft, the whole manufacturing process is done in-house to make sure that every step of the way leaves as light a footprint as possible on this fragile planet of ours. Only water and mechanical combing were used to process the fibers; no chemicals, caustic sodas, or acids were used at any stage of production (not all hemp fibers are equal in purity: find out why).
Organic Long-sleeve Hemp Tee Top
Ivory (non-bleach hydr0gen-peroxide whitening)
It is made from the world’s first and only 100% organic European hemp knit, made especially for us by famed Danish knitter.
Made in Europe. Sweatshop-free, sustainable, and as pure as can be. Absolutely no heavy metals or chemicals were used in the production of our Organic Hemp Long-sleeve Top.
Long-sleeve Light Hemp Flax Linen Pullover
Boat neck. This versatile cotton-free hemp top is made from a lush 42% certified organic European hemp/58% flax linen jersey knit for true purity and ecological sustainability. The Hemp-Linen Pullover features a soft jersey knit that is completely elastic-free, Lycra-free, and Spandex-free, and natural as can be.
Colorgrown Organic Cotton Flannel Shirt
Colorgrown Pecan Brown. Unbleached, undyed.
Colorgrown Pecan means the cotton is grown in the brown color, completely unbleached & undyed. Absolutely no heavy metals or harsh chemicals were used in the production of our organic cotton shirts. We aim for true purity and environmental sustainability: even the buttons are made from natural shells or tagua nut; no plastic buttons for us. Our Organic Cotton Flannel Shirts are made from certified organic colorgrown flannel fabric that’s certified by IMO of Switzerland, a prestigious third-party organic certifier.
Unisex “Allergy Crew” Organic Cotton Socks
$9.50 (1 pair) or $27 (3-pack)
Color: Natural (unbleached & undyed)
99.98% certified organic cotton; 0.2% Lycra (at the top only).
We are happy to carry the world’s highest percentage of organic cotton socks per our customers’ request. Since there isn’t much elastic to hold up these rare and unique organic cotton socks, we offer them in four sizes to accommodate different foot sizes. Designed specifically for chemically sensitive customers, the Allergy Crew Organic Cotton socks aren’t as hugging as the other organic cotton socks on this page, but for many, that’s just a small price to pay for having really pure organic cotton socks. Designed especially for people suffering from multiple chemical sensitivities.
Vegan Organic Hemp & Flax Linen Socks
Made from a very special 42% hemp and 58% flax linen knit blend with just a hint of elastic at the cuffs for a snug wrap-around, our cozy hemp | flax socks (shown above) are your best bet if you are looking for the most natural, pure, and ecologically sustainable socks. The certified organic hemp and flax are grown and processed without chemicals or pesticides of any kind in Romania.
These beautiful hemp/flax socks are very popular with customers who are chemically-sensitive or chemically-averse as well as customers who are looking for socks that are vegan and as synthetic- and chemical-free as can be. More info at bottom of page. Please scroll down to buy. … You won’t find a more eco-friendly pair of socks anywhere.
Hemp Household Slippers
Chemically sensitive customers have also reported great results with these low-impact hemp slippers, so much so that many use them outdoors as well as these hemp slippers are the only ones many multiple chemical sensitivities customers can tolerate. Slippers feature a free hemp zippered storage pouch which is very handy for storage and travel. Made from 100% hemp canvas from organic European hemp. Made in Europe. Sweatshop-free. No harsh chemicals or heavy metals were used in the production of our vegan hemp indoor slippers.
(I’m not sure which one to choose)
Organic Hemp Bathrobe 35% organic hemp/65% organic cotton
Organic Linen Bathrobe 35% organic linen/65% organic cotton
Cannot be compared to terry products made in some other countries which are normally of a much lesser purity and quality.Our organic bath robes are also free from all chemicals at all stages of production: cultivation, processing, and manufacturing (all too often, factories producing organic products regrettably use formaldehyde and other highly toxic chemicals to wrinkle-proof organic cotton fabrics, thereby defeating the purpose of organic certification in the first place — our organic products are triple-certified, meaning that they are made from organically grown, processed, and manufactured cotton). Sweatshop-free. GMO-free. Chemical-free. Unbleached & undyed.
Any help that you might like to give me in securing any of these items would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your concern about my health, safety, and welfare.