Date: 21 Jun 2011

Additives in the Textile Industry

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Many different additives are used in the textile industry and each of them has its specific function: protection from ultraviolet light, oil, water repellency, etc. Clothing and textile products are produced, consumed, and incinerated or disposed in landfills over the world. This means that the fate of their additives can be widely spread, and the potential impact of these chemicals on the environment and human health can, therefore, be present on a global scale. Perfluorocarbon compounds, triclosan, and brominated compounds have been selected as representative additives of this sector. A review of their main environmental consequences and human health damage has been undertaken. The information gathered shows that these compounds can be toxic, very persistent in the environment, and bioaccumulable.