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American Airlines Employees Complain of Toxic Clothing

American Airlines Employees Complain of Toxic Clothing

Posted by : Mary Wutz   /  

According to Vogue writer Eviana Hartman, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants recently reported "that a substantial number of American Airlines employees are disgruntled about their new uniforms—and not because of the way they look. 'We have received over 1,600 flight attendant reports of suspected uniform reactions that include headaches, rashes, hives, burning skin and eye irritation, itching, and respiratory problems..."

“'It’s hard to know exactly what’s going on,' says David Andrews, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit that researches the risks consumer products pose to human health. 'Clothing has labeling for the materials, and yet it may be treated with numerous chemicals,' including not only dyes but also compounds 'to make it nonstick or stain-repellent or wrinkle-free.' And he’s not only referring to the obvious Dockers. 'All the largest chemical manufacturers in the country have pages of their websites dedicated to clothing additives,' he continues. 'Yet as a consumer, you’re very much blinded to that information.'

With hormone disrupters like NPE  not just on our clothing but in our food and water, advocacy for the natural world has never seemed more important.

Read the full article on Vogue here.


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