Why does my clothing say it's going to give me cancer?

If you haven't noticed it yet, you will. We've done some research and are here to explain! 

Prop65 was a bill passed in California back in 1986 entitling citizens to knowledge of the presence of chemicals which may cause cancer in their consumer products. 

I get it, why is it just now showing up on clothing 30+ years later? A new bill has been passed to include this labeling on any item of clothing made from 50% or more of polyester. 

Why polyester? Because polyester is made of synthetic fibers and can shed microfibers when washed. Microfibers are thought to be small enough to get through filters and end up in waterways. Once they're in the waterways, they can be consumed by fish which are then consumed by humans. 

Because many of our manufacturers are based in California, our clothing will always meet the laws of that state. Also, we can't only tag items being shipped there to be prop65 compliant. You will start seeing these tags in ALL clothing stores as the full implementation is to be done by Jan 1, 2020. 

Also, many manufacturers don't have the money to test their products to prove each item is safe as this testing is expensive. In these cases, they must place the label on the tag in an abundance of caution to stay compliant. 

 

Here are a few links to do your own research- I don't want to sway anyone's opinion, but I do encourage you to be informed and make the best decision for yourself and your family. 

https://www.strtrade.com/news-publications-polyester-clothing-label-microfiber-California-022618.html

https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65

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f you google it, there is a ton more information out there about this, these two links seem to have the most information as pertinent to the Belle. Based on these articles and discussions within the industry, I've drawn my own conclusions. Do your research, draw your own conclusions, as for me.....I'll continue rocking my poly items because everything seems to give you cancer these days. 

-XO

The Belle 

AKA. Lainey

 

PS....if you go to California, you'll see these warnings everywhere, even Disneyland. 

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