"As my research about nutrition expanded, I learned from several different sources that our skin absorbs much of what is put on it (like administered drugs through transdermal patches) and should be considered as much as what we put in our mouths!
About this same time I learned that around 75% of the world’s pesticide use is for cotton. I thought why would I spend this much time, money, and energy finding impeccably pure and nutritious food to eat if what I am putting on my skin (my largest organ) is causing harm to my body!?
So the next stage of my healthy (and happiest!) life began: the search for “nutritious” clothing and skin products.
What a transformation! I never expected the joy that would follow such an overwhelming undertaking!" Laura Paulisich, ToxyFree founder
Did you know that washing one fleece jacket releases up to 250,000 microplastic fibers into the waste water and waste water treatment facilities do not have filters to remove microplastics from so-called "treated" water? This is one of the reasons people are drinking microplastics. Source: World Economic Forum Original Study: Bren School of Environmental Science & Management University of California Santa Barbara
"A majority of microplastics found in indoor air comes from plastic fibers released from synthetic clothing and textiles used in home furnishings. These microplastic fibers tend to be longer and therefore more harmful when inhaled...Microplastics found in lung tissue indicate that the body is not able to rid itself of all particles - i.e. that the microplastics are bio-persistent. Airborne microplastics may also carry other toxic pollutants found in the air from bacteria to traffic emissions into the bloodstream from the lungs. " Source: World Economic Forum
"Most people think of cotton as a 'natural' product. The reality: Cotton is one of the most chemically intensive crops in the world. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 84 million pounds of pesticides were applied to the nation’s 14.4 million acres of cotton in the year 2000, and more than two billion pounds of fertilizers were spread on those same fields. Seven of the 15 pesticides commonly used on cotton in the United States are listed as 'possible,' 'likely,' 'probable' or 'known' human carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency. And cotton defoliants are 'the most toxic farm chemicals currently on the market,' says Fawn Pattison, executive director of the Agricultural Resources Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the use of harmful pesticides." The National Wildlife Federation