Gallery: Greenpeace Detects Toxic Chemicals in Popular Outerwear Brands

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Wide-open vistas are frequently used to advertise outdoor clothing, yet the toxins many weather-resistant fabrics contain may actually be detrimental to nature and our personal health, according to a new report from Greenpeace Germany. To determine the scope of the problem, the environmental nonprofit commissioned two independent laboratories to test 14 rain jackets and trousers for a spectrum of hazardous chemicals. Despite representation from a range of popular brands, including Patagonia, The North Face, Jack Wolfskin, and Fjällräven, the results were broadly—and dishearteningly—the same.

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2 Responses to “Greenpeace Detects Toxic Chemicals in Popular Outerwear Brands”

  1. macdoodle says:

    is any of it safe now?
    what do we buy now?

  2. srkane says:

    In the olden days it was wool and fur. So that leaves wool, which is natural, non-toxic, it breathes, allowing the body to cool when it’s warm, and it insulates from the cold. If treated with Lanolin it can be slightly water-repellant too. Try a nice Irish or Icelandic knit…those northern sheep know how to keep warm, right?

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