Today I want to talk to you about not only the KonMari method but I want to touch upon another issue that is related to KonMari’s 1st category, Clothes. Hence “Is it okay for us to wear clothes made out of plastic bottles?” Not too many people know that polyester and other forms of plastic in our clothes come from recycled plastic bottles. We know that drinking water from plastic bottles is not the best thing for us. Especially when the bottle is exposed to high heat, sun and who knows what chemicals were used making that bottle. Have you ever though that you are wearing recycled plastic bottles, exposing yourself to many toxins?
Imagine a scenario, a child is sick, has a fever and wears fleece pajamas and is covered with a fleece blanket. What chemicals from that recycled bottle that are now in fleece blanket and pajamas is that child getting into his/her body through the skin? Plus, this child is sick too! A sick child needs fresh air, good healing food and absolutely needs to detoxify properly. Plastic on his/her skin hinder the detoxification, and it can make the child sicker!
“In the past, polyester was made from coal, air, water, and petroleum through a chemical reaction process between alcohol and an acid. According to The Journal of Environmental Science and Health, “1,4-Dioxane is one of the by-products from the polyester manufacturing process, which has been carelessly discharged into water bodies and is a weak human carcinogen.”11 Environmental Health Perspectives calls the production of cheap clothing disposable. Fast fashion, as they say, is similar to fast food. Clothes are so cheap we use them and toss them.12
They go on to say, “The manufacture of polyester and other synthetic fabrics is an energy-intensive process requiring large amounts of crude oil and releasing emissions including volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, and acid gases such as hydrogen chloride, all of which can cause or aggravate respiratory disease.” Further they add, “Volatile monomers, solvents, and other by-products of polyester production are emitted in the wastewater from polyester manufacturing plants. The EPA, under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, considers many textile manufacturing facilities to be hazardous waste generators.”
I really think that good old fashioned 100% cotton and bamboo is the way to go. The skin can breathe and you are not loading your body with toxic chemicals. We can make the educated decision and with our dollars support good companies that do not harm us and the planet. If you want to read the whole article, please refer to the Weston A. Price Organization here: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/environmental-toxins/clothes-damaging-health/