A new study finds that many of the products in maternity clothes have been made with chemicals known to cause cancer.
The study also finds that some brands are deliberately misleading consumers about the safety of the materials they use.
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The authors of the study say the use of chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE) is common in the manufacturing of garments.
But they also say that the industry is often aware of the risks of these chemicals, but not always about their dangers.
“We want to see manufacturers use more caution, and that’s why we have developed a guide for consumers,” says study co-author Dr Anne-Marie Felt.
The researchers looked at more than 200 brands and examined how many of their products had been linked to breast cancer, bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and lung cancer deaths.
They found that there was little difference between the brands they examined, including a few brands with clear warnings.
The new study, published in the journal Food Chemistry, found that nearly all of the chemicals used in maternity clothing were found to have been linked with cancer risk.
The chemicals used for the most part were not found to be particularly hazardous, but they did appear to be associated with carcinogenicity, and the researchers said that the risks were highest for those chemicals that were most commonly used in pregnancy-related clothes.
“It’s important to note that there are many factors that can influence the risk of developing cancer in a given individual, so the risk is not always one-size-fits-all,” says co-lead author Dr Michael Jagger, a researcher in the Institute of Food Chemistry and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Oxford.
“But we know that certain chemicals are carcinogenic and are associated with increased risk.”
While the researchers noted that the chemicals were used in many different ways in different industries, the chemicals that they found in the study were the same ones used in textile manufacturing and clothing.
In other words, they were all found in many of these products.
“The use of the same chemicals is a common practice across the manufacturing processes of many different industries,” says Dr Felt, who has published on the dangers of the plastic bags used in newborn clothes.
However, the researchers did not find that these chemicals were always present in the products that women were wearing in maternity wear.
“In our study, the majority of the clothing was either non-porous or made with polyester, so it would be reasonable to expect to find that many products would contain polyester,” Dr Jagger says.
The authors say that there may be a need for more rigorous research into the use and safety of polyester and other plastic-based products in general. “
So we do believe that many women in our study are wearing garments made from non-permeable materials and not wearing protective equipment.”
The authors say that there may be a need for more rigorous research into the use and safety of polyester and other plastic-based products in general.
“Polyester is widely used in some industries, and there is considerable evidence that it is a material that is very, very highly mutagenic,” Dr Fain says.
Polyester, used in clothing and other items made from polyester-based materials, is used in more than 1,000 products worldwide.
In its report, the Institute for Responsible Technology said that it had found that more than 40% of products tested had plastic in them, and over half contained plastic-containing substances such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polystyrene and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
“We believe that it would have been helpful to know more about the nature and use of these plastic chemicals in the production of these garments and in other non-paper products, including toys and clothing,” Dr G. Andrew Moulds, the director of Responsible Tech, says in a statement.
“For example, in the case of the maternity clothes, the manufacturers should be using an alternative to polyester if possible.”
But the use or production of polystyrenes in pregnancy and in maternity care products is also being investigated.
The manufacturers of some of the clothes used in the new study are not disclosing the chemicals they use in their production processes.
“Companies need to be more transparent about their use of toxic chemicals in their products and about how they are using these chemicals,” says Jagger.
“There is also a need to do more research on the impact of these toxic chemicals on women’s health.”
A spokesperson for Unilever, which makes many of its clothes, said that its factories were fully compliant with the EU’s Food Safety Directive, and had a comprehensive set of safety measures in place.
“Unilever has stringent and effective processes in place to ensure that all of our clothes