Is your Clothing making you sick? - Steel Pony

Is your Clothing making you sick?

Unmasking the Fashion Façade

Ah, fast fashion—the siren call of trendy threads at pocket-friendly prices. But beneath the glittering surface lies a shadowy secret: our chic ensembles might be stealthily sabotaging our health. Buckle up, style seekers, as we dive into the rabbit hole of toxic textiles.

The Chemical Cocktail: What’s in Your Closet?

1. BPA (Bisphenol A): The Hormone Hijacker

  • Found In: Polyester, nylon, and other synthetic fabrics.
  • Health Alert: BPA moonlights as an endocrine disruptor, waltzing with our hormones. It’s linked to reproductive woes, obesity, and even whispers of cancer.

2. PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances): The Forever Intruders

  • Found In: Water-repellent and stain-resistant clothing.
  • Health Intrusion: These sneaky “forever chemicals” accumulate in our bodies, playing havoc with fertility, liver function, and immune systems.

3. Phthalates: The Fragrance Fiends

  • Found In: Synthetic fragrances and softeners.
  • Health Drama: Phthalates crash our endocrine party, gatecrashing with developmental issues, asthma, and allergies.

4. Formaldehyde: The Creepy Wrinkle Buster

  • Found In: Used to keep clothes wrinkle-free during transit.
  • Health Encore: Prolonged exposure? Cue skin irritation, respiratory gripes, and a dramatic entrance by the big C—cancer.

5. Chromium and Lead: The Heavy Metal Duo

  • Found In: Dyes and tanning processes.
  • Health Encore (Part II): These bad boys are carcinogenic troublemakers, causing skin tantrums and respiratory showdowns.

The Human Toll: Victims in the Shadows

1. Textile Workers: Silent Sufferers

  • Picture this: sweat-soaked factories, underpaid hands, and chemical-laden air. Textile workers, especially in developing nations, bear the brunt of this toxic tango.

2. Air Travel Attendants: The Uniformed Warriors

  • Meet Mary, the Alaska Airlines attendant. Her synthetic uniform? A ticking time bomb that triggered autoimmune chaos.
  • And John? His uniform-led suffering ended tragically.

Navigating the Fashion Minefield

  1. Quality Over Quantity: Ditch the flimsy, embrace the timeless. Seek out certifications like GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or OEKO-TEX.
  2. Wash Wisely: New clothes? Give 'em a pre-wear wash to shed chemical baggage.
  3. Raise Your Voice: Let’s demand stricter regulations. Our health is non-negotiable.

Remember, fashion shouldn’t cost us our well-being. Let’s rewrite the narrative, one conscious choice at a time. 🌿💚


  1. The Guardian
  2. Fast Company
  3. Popular Science
  4. Worth
  5. Plastic Soup Foundation


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Hi I am Joanne Litz Cofounder of Steel Pony.
I graduated in Textile Design from, the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. Worked in the "Industry" as a design director before starting Steel Pony. A company focused on slow sustainable fashion over 30 years ago
I love Creative Fashion, Art, and Energy Healing. My mission is to help women find their inner goddess and shine from the inside out.