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Question re: toxic clothing

Hivemindgammahydra7

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I seem to recall reading an essay awhile back re: toxic clothing. It reviewed how fabrics like nylon and polyester (among other man-made materials) are manufactured, and the chemical processes involved.
I’ve been a cotton and wool fan, since.

Anyway, a former student now in the US Army (I tried to talk him out of joining, but anyway,) sent me a MultiCam BDU shirt with tags, recently. Looks good, feels nice, but...

A couple of things have me thinking “don’t wear this, ever.”

A tag that reads “Insect Shield” and seems to indicate it has been treated with Permathrin.

Fire-resistant materials according to the label: para-aramind, rayon, and nylon. No natural materials.

My question is, is this shirt too hazardous to wear? Because it seems that way...
 
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On the potential insecticide, I'd say avoid it.
In general, rayon is much better than nylon or polyester, but cotton, silk, wool, linen, hemp are clearly superior. There are, of course, the chemicals and manufacturing process. But another major factor is the buildup in positive ions that happens in your body when wearing various types of plastic fibers.
Positive ions = oxidation. Negative ions = anti-oxidants.
 

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Look on the bright side,
it will take care of any scabies and lice & slow down the ticks.

You can try a science experiment:
Next time you are sitting at a stop light & a homeless guy comes up to wash your windows, hand him the shirt as a tip.
If he's not there next week... you dodged a bullet.
 

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One thing to consider is weather or not the clothing will be in direct contact with your skin. I would take a chance wearing something like that over a cotton thermal shirt. But directly on your sweaty body in hot weather? Imagine wearing a chemically treated plastic shirt in 95 degree weather. I only wear cotton in the summer. The rest of the year I wear cotton, wool and cotton/polyester long johns (I wash them before wearing the first time).
 

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I wouldn't.

Sounds to me that you answered your own question.
Yeah, kinda’. But I wanted to run it past the pros, just the same.
 

Hivemindgammahydra7

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Thanks for the thoughtful replies, Gentlemen. I do appreciate it.
 

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Hey H7,
Good to see ya.
Back in the 2000s, guy used to post here who was an accountant in midwest.
Good dude.
Went ewhere barefoot, even to city council meetings.
That was his thing.
Toxins.
Think his nic was Jerry.
Never forgot his toxin railings.
Regards,
And again, good to see you,
Haystack
 

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I'm not especially allergic to anything I know of for sure... Worked with solvents & acids... actually IN THEM at times... no problerm... but...

in my house we have 6 comforters... and I'm "allergic" to 4 of them... Wake up puffy & snuffly & red-eyed... Did it last night again! Weird! And they've all been through the washer-dryer dozens of times through the years...

Yeah, I know that there's the medical "scratch test" available... where they dab a few dozen known allergens on you, and check later for reactions...
 
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