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I’ve gotten a lot of comments and questions about my posts on toxins in clothing and where to find non-toxic clothing. It occurred to me that some readers may not be aware that Debra’s List currently profiles over 80 companies that sell all, or predominantly, non-toxic clothing. You can either look through the entire list or search specifically for companies that use only botanical dyes.
I have been searching for more companies to add to the growing list. The following five web-based companies have unique or hard-to-find styles. All are committed to using non-toxic materials and production processes and are fully transparent. Three of the companies are based outside of the U.S. so ordering may be more of a challenge but their wide range of choices may make them worth the effort.
Mate sells California-style basics, dresses and sleepwear for women. You can shop by fabric type which is helpful because some of their fabrics are better than others. Their cleanest fabrics are GOTS certified organic cotton and Super Flax, which is 100% linen. Their less optimal fabrics are slub cotton, which is not organic, and Tencil, which uses petroleum-based chemicals for processing. All of their clothing uses low-impact dyes and the company is considering natural dyes for the future.
Brook There is based in New England and sells organic cotton and silk underwear and minimalist lingerie. The cotton is GOTS certified. These items are a step-above most organic cotton undergarments.
People Tree is based in the UK but they sell and ship to the U.S. This is a unique company with a full range of clothing for women, men, and children including denim, jumpsuits and outerwear. The great selection may make it worth the hassle of ordering from overseas. Just be aware, if you need to return items you will need to pay return shipping costs. They use FLO certified organic cotton. “Although FLO (Fairtrade International) is for cotton itself, goods made with the cotton have to be certified throughout the supply chain and adhere to strict social and environmental standards.” Most items are organic cotton but some use Tencil or a percentage of synthetic fabrics. The materials are clearly identified in the product description.
Thought is UK based company with a great selection of contemporary women and menswear. The line includes hard-to-find items like work clothes, outerwear, and denim. All finishes are Oeko-Tex certified and all dyes are Azo-free. You can search for clothing by fabric, which is helpful because some are better than others. Look for organic cotton, hemp and wool and avoid bamboo, Tencil and modal. Some cottons include a small percentage of synthetic fabric like elastane but it is clearly listed in the description.
Shift to Nature
Shift to Nature is based in Australia and ships to the U.S. Returns are not allowed from orders outside of Australia but, like Thought, this company has a great selection of unique clothing for women, men and children. You can search by fabric so look for organic cotton and hemp and avoid bamboo and recycled synthetics.
Question from Karen
I have been looking at the IQ Air Atem personal space air purifier: https://www.iqair.com/us/support/tech-specs/atem-desk
Do you have any experience with this? I would like to use it in our car (offgassing new car chemicals) and hotel rooms.
Question from Andi
I always have trouble getting a pillow to stop smelling strong. This one is from Janice’s and they aired out the stuffing for a week. I also have trouble with the smells of pillows from White Lotus , so it is not any particular store, it is the organic cotton. (Also had trouble with smells of kapok, etc). It has been airing out since end of August. It still smells so strong that I cannot use it. Any suggestions?
Question from Bonnie
Just saw an ad for a new purifier called the Bissell Lifestyle Air 320. Wondering if you have heard of it or if anyone here has tried it. Thanks.
Question from Bonnie
Thanks for the recent coverage on non toxic clothing. It was helpful. Just wondering if anyone has been able to find denim jeans ?
Rawganique has organic cotton and hemp jeans. They seam to be discontinuing many styles so act fast!
Question from Judy
More on styrofoam please. I have orchids on windowsills that are terrazzo and very cold in the winter. I’ve put styrofoam boards from a craft store on top for their protection. Should I be worrying about this particular application?
The more significant health concern about styrofoam is that it can leach styrene, a probable carcinogen, into food and beverages when it is used as a container. There is probably not a significant exposure from this application.
I try avoid styrofoam, in general, because it is particularly bad for the environment due to a chemically-intensive manufacturing process and its inability to break down when it is disposed.
Question from NIT
I’ve tried two air purifiers and they unfortunately exacerbate my symptoms, particularly in the sinuses.
I believe the problem is the carbon. I get similar symptoms when using a nose filter with carbon in it.
Are there are any alternative air purifiers which can remove formaldehyde and other VOCs which may not trigger me?
EnviroKlenz does not use any carbon. Everyone is different so I can’t tell you what will or will not trigger you. If you use the search button on the site, search for air purifiers and you will find threads where readers with MCS comment on what has and has not worked for them.
Question from JP
My doctor prescribed an Austin Air for my MCS in 2005. It emitted a yeast-like smell, but I thought it was normal. Then, I purchased a smaller Austin Air and the air was mega fresh. I could tell instantly when I shut it off for a few hours and then turned it back on. So, I ordered another one, plus a filter for my original unit. Every single one them are now emitting a yeast-like smell. So, I purchased a Dyson air purifier and it worked like a charm, so I purchased another one. Every Dyson filter I have order in the past two years emit the same yeast-like smell. Has anyone ever complained about yeast-like smells? I’m wondering if that means the filters are old and have been sitting on the shelf for too long? I recently ordered an EnviroKlenz purifier and it emitted a strong odor and now it seems to be fine. I put it in my garage because I have a piece of new furniture that is off gassing, and the purifier is not helping. I’ve spent thousands of dollars and I’m losing hope. 🙁 Any suggestions or ideas?
Readers, has anyone else had this experience? Any suggestions?
Question from Chris
I see that Chantal cookware is on the list of recommended products. I have read concerns about ceramic coating in numerous sources. What are your thoughts on the safety of Chantal’s Induction 21 cookware with ceramic coating?
I agree that new research has shown that ceramic-enameled coatings can leach nanoparticles. I will remove Chantal from Debra’s List.
Question from Janett
Hello. We have been looking at vinyl plank flooring . Home Depot carries a brand called Lifeproof that has the Floorscore stamp on it. I read on this site that Floorscore doesn’t test for everything that is dangerous.
We are also looked at Homecrest Cascade and Coretec Plus. Homecrest has a product safety assurance statement on their web site of what chemical are not in them.
Do you know anything about either of these products by chance? We definitely need waterproof.
Check out The Green Design Center. The owner, Andrew Pace, tests the products he sells and has found formaldehyde emissions from products that claim to be formaldehyde-free. Cali LVP flooring is the only LVP brand he sells.