by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée
Most people don't realize that their towels can be a source of toxic exposures. When selecting new towels, you should know key ways to select healthier ones. With informed perspective, you can pick healthier bath towels, kitchen towels, and swimming towels.
Non-organic towels are often made from petrochemicals. Materials used to create non-organic towels can include rayon, polyester, or other synthetic fabrics—all made from petrochemicals. In addition, these synthetic fabrics can be treated with additional chemicals for colors and other properties (like resistance to wrinkles, bacteria, and stains). These synthetic fabrics can involve chlorine, pesticides, and dioxin. Some of these chemicals are toxic.
Harmful effects of these chemicals on human health may include cancer, reduced fertility, birth defects, and nervous and immune system damage. Toxic exposures from your towels are probably not going to tip your health over the edge. However, whenever you can reduce unnecessary toxic exposures, why not do so?!
Using organic towels can help you reduce your exposures to chemicals found in synthetic fabrics and dyes. These chemicals may contribute to various health conditions. In addition, choosing organic towels can help support businesses that are more mindful of our environment. Therefore, choosing organic products contributes to businesses that are trying to reduce contamination in our air, water, and soil.
When choosing an organic towel, there are several materials to choose from: organic linen, cotton, hemp. Consider these five things when choosing a towel that’s right for you.
Non-organic towels are typically made from synthetic materials and dyes, which have several harmful chemicals. These chemicals may contribute to cancer, birth defects, and damage to the immune and nervous systems. By choosing organic towels, you can reduce your exposures to some of these toxic chemicals.
Opt for organic fibers and 100% natural dyes that are free of chemical finishes. Find a thickness, pattern, or style that works well in your home.