Say No To Forever Chemicals in Clothing

Say No To Forever Chemicals in Clothing
Peace out PFAS. Seen here: the all natural, chemical-free, long sleeve, 100% Merino Wool Hyde Sweater Dress.
In the constantly evolving world of fashion, where trends change as quickly as the seasons, we sometimes forget to take a second to consider the long-lasting impact of our choices. Among the many environmental and health concerns associated with the fashion industry, recently a spotlight has been shown on an area where we've only just begun to understand the potential long-term negative effects.

What are forever chemicals?  

Substances such as PFAS, PFOA, PFOS, BPA have made their way into our lives through hundreds of everyday products, including clothing such as rain jackets, hiking pants, shirts, yoga pants and sports bras. They're called forever chemicals because they don’t break down naturally and can persist in the environment for a long time. 

 Did you know? Unlike synthetics which are industrially produced from non-renewable fossil energy, Merino wool is a natural fiber grown year-round by Merino sheep, consuming a simple blend of natural ingredients including sunshine, water, fresh air and grass.

- Woolmark Corp.

What are the health risks of forever chemicals?

Forever chemicals are linked to a range of health issues, including cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive harm and immune system dysfunction. They’ve been found in the blood of people all over the world, including 99% of Americans and the umbilical cords of unborn babies.
Forever chemicals are also wreaking havoc on the planet. These substances can leach into the soil and water, contaminating ecosystems and harming wildlife. Recently the Environmental Protection Agency has begun to regulate forever chemicals in drinking water.

Choosing Natural Materials

So, what can we do to combat the impact of forever chemicals? The problem is vast, but one solution lies in our choice of clothing. Opting for garments made from natural, non-synthetic materials like cotton, linen, wool, eucalyptus (Tencel) and bamboo can significantly reduce our exposure to PFAS and BPA. These materials are not only safer for your health but also biodegradable and eco-friendly.
  Did you know? Ridge strives to use all natural, renewable and biodegradable fabric and materials whenever possible. Most of our products are made mostly (or entirely) of Merino wool, a natural, renewable and biodegradable fiber produced from the Merino breed of sheep.

Say No to Fast Fashion

Another step we can take is to resist the allure of fast fashion. Mass-produced, low-cost garments are more likely to contain harmful chemicals and are often made with little regard for their environmental footprint. By investing in high quality, natural fiber clothing that lasts longer, we not only reduce our exposure to forever chemicals but also contribute to a more sustainable and eco-conscious fashion industry.
merino wool no chemicals
Merino wool is all natural, containing no forever chemicals. 
The threat of forever chemicals to human health and the planet is real, and it’s time we take action. By making informed choices about the clothing we wear and by supporting sustainable and eco-friendly fashion practices, we can start taking steps towards a solution. Learn more about the materials our clothes are made with.


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