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How Big Companies are Making You Unwitting Accomplices in the Toxic Water Cycle

Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs) in Clothes

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  • Nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) is a toxic surfactant used to manufacture clothing; when consumers wash their clothes, NPEs are released into local water supplies where wastewater treatment plants are unable to remove it
  • When NPEs enter the environment, they break down into nonylphenol (NP), a toxic, endocrine-disrupting chemical that accumulates in sediments and builds up in fish and wildlife
  • Many laundry detergents and household cleaning supplies also contain NPEs, which are rinsed down the drain, further polluting water supplies
  • Greenpeace is calling on clothing brands like Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren, Converse, Calvin Klein and Nike to eliminate all hazardous chemicals, including NPEs, from their supply chains and products
  • Look for organic, environmentally friendly clothing produced without NPEs and other toxic chemicals, and also look for the “NPE-free” label on your laundry detergent and cleaning supplies

By Dr. Mercola

Just as organic food is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, organic clothing is also an important factor for both your health and that of the environment.


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