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Futuristic Airline Uniforms Making People Sick

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

flight attendants uniforms trigger toxic reactions

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  • The most recent lawsuit filed by Delta employees is against Lands’ End, the manufacturer of the new Delta uniforms, alleging the uniforms trigger toxic reactions including hair loss, headaches, fatigue and skin burns
  • Delta uniforms are chemically treated to be self-deodorizing as well as stain-, static- and wrinkle-resistant
  • Harvard University scientists believe flight attendants may inadvertently be testing toxic chemical combinations
  • The textile industry is a major source of environmental pollution and water use; it drives a trend toward cheap, disposable clothing which clogs landfills
  • The industry will change when you vote with your pocketbook. Clothing can be a source of hazardous chemicals, and cheaply made items take a toll on both the environment and people

When you think about environmental pollution, your clothing is likely not the first thing to come to mind. However, the clothing industry nears the top of the list of toxic industries that pollute water and expose you to dangerous chemicals used to dye and treat the textiles.

According to Rita Kant of the University Institute of Fashion Technology, color is one of the main reasons people choose specific pieces of clothing. While there are safe ways to dye clothing, the toxic nature of what is currently used has caused concern.

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