‘What are they thinking?’: toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in school uniforms

More than a third of children’s clothing tested in a study detected PFAS, which are used to make textiles stain resistant

Toxic PFAS chemicals are frequently used to make children’s clothing and textiles resist water and stains, but exposure to the compounds in clothes represents a serious health risk, a new peer-reviewed study finds.

The study, published in the Environmental and Science Technology journal, detected the chemicals in 65% of school uniforms, rain gear, snowsuits, snowshoes, mittens, bibs, hats and stroller covers tested, and at levels authors characterized as “high”.

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