I’m A Cheerleader For Vintage

Sometimes I prefer vintage to contemporary just because where things are headed right now drives me insane, makes me so mad…

Exhibit A:

The sexualization of kids is more “fashionable” now, causing girls (and boys) to be sex objects, to worry about body issues, and to please & amuse adults in adult ways… ABC does a great job of mentioning the latest offenses. At Kitsch Slapped, Deanna ponders one response to this madness — a proposed clothing prohibition — saying:

As citizen of the USA, I’m left wondering if such clothing prohibition is the answer. After all, the problem isn’t the garments glutting the market; it’s the consumers with horrible judgement who pay for clothing in such poor taste. At what point does the law need to protect us from our bad choices? Or, more pointedly, at what point does the government need to protect children from the bad choices of their parents?

Exhibit B:

I can’t swear that the old mills in the US of A were completely pure, but this is ridiculous.  We all know better!

Toxic chemicals found in global garment brands made in China (this is the follow-up or second “Dirty Laundry” report following the first report released six weeks ago):

Environmental pressure group Greenpeace is continuing its campaign against hazardous substances in the apparel supply chain with the release of new research that suggests traces of toxic chemicals have been found in clothing from brands including Adidas, H&M and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Tests on garments and fabric-based shoes from 14 global brands – which also include Calvin Klein, Converse, Lacoste, Nike, Puma, Ralph Lauren and Uniqlo – revealed the presence of nonylphenol ethoxylates. These break down to form nonylphenol, which has hormone-disrupting properties and is harmful to human health.

Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) are man-made chemicals often used as a surfactant in the textile industry. Where released untreated, they break down in rivers to form the persistent, toxic and hormone disrupting nonylnhenol (NP) that builds up in the food chain, and is hazardous even at very low levels. Even where wastewater containing NPEs is treated, this only speeds up the conversion into the toxic NP.

Greenpeace is urging brands to remove these chemicals from their products by eliminating them from their production processes.

Otherwise, every time clothes containing these chemicals are washed, hazardous substances are released into waterways across the world.

Image via Kitsch Slapped.

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