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Do you shop at Abercrombie and Fitch? Then you shouldn’t wash your clothes

I know that sounds gross but chemicals in clothing can break down in water into hormone-disrupting nonylphenol. Please avoid getting this stuff into the waterways and if you can't help but wash your clothers, then purchase clothing from companies that do not use nonylphenol-producing chemicals (called nonylphenol ethoxylates, or NPEs). Check this infographic - and here for a larger view - and the Greenpeace study, Dirty Laundry that calls out the specific brands.


Here's the Greenpeace's analysis for the bigger brands:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch: 3 positive results, out of 3 samples tested
  • Adidas: 4 out of 9
  • Calvin Klein: 3 out of 4
  • Converse: 5 out of 6
  • Gap: 0 out of 2
  • H&M: 4 out of 6
  • Lacoste: 1 out of 4
  • Nike: 5 out of 10
  • Puma: 7 out of 9
  • Ralph Lauren: 3 out of 4

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