A Healthy Choice
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At PULSE Activewear, we believe that the performance of fitness apparel goes beyond fit and comfort and down to the core of the raw materials used in the manufacturing of the garment. As more research is being conducted, a growing body of evidence shows that many synthetic chemicals used in the manufacturing of everyday items (e.g., water bottles, cosmetics, packages, etc.) increases the risk of developing cancer later in life. Many synthetic chemicals have been shown to be endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs). EDCs disrupt normal biological processes by disturbing actions by hormones in the human body (including estrogens, androgens and the thyroid hormone). All of these disruptions may increase the risk of cancer.
An example of an EDC is Bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical used in making polycarbonate plastic (like those used in water bottles). As a result, many bottle making companies have changed their manufacturing processes to eliminate the use of BPA. Another example of EDCs are parabens, which are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products.
So how do these EDCs make their way into our bodies? As you can imagine, we are surrounded by EDCs so there are many opportunities for them to get into our bodies. For example, with BPA, it has been suggested that it enters the food chain by leaching from plastic packaging or containers as the plastic ages or is heated. As for parabens, these are likely absorbed thru our skin when we apply lotions, cosmetics or deodorant.
Though the research on the effects of polyester (the most common fabric used in fitness apparel) is very limited, the fact that the fiber itself is a polymer made up of toxic monomers known to be carcinogenic is a concern. It hasn't been confirmed that polyester releases EDCs, however, there was an interesting study done at Cairo University that concluded that polyester negatively impacted the production of sperm compared to cotton and a control group. So can polyester disturb the actions of hormones in our bodies resulting in detrimental health? Nobody knows at this point, but at PULSE Activewear, we prefer using natural fibers (e.g., Merino wool) as opposed to synthetics, like polyester, in our fabrics, especially for apparel that is in direct contact with skin.
During exercise, our bodies are in a hyperactive state with many natural reactions occurring within and we, at PULSE Activewear, want to do our best to ensure that our apparel does not expose our wearers to any health risks as they work hard to be fit. Knowing that EDCs can enter our bodies thru our skin, we are keenly aware that the clothes we wear during workouts might potentially expose us to harmful chemicals. In an attempt to minimize risk, we have partnered with suppliers that are Oeko-Tex compliant. This provides a level of confidence that our apparel has been manufactured using raw materials and processes that are not harmful to the health of our customers based on current knowledge and research. For example, our fabric is not exposed to formaldehyde, a chemical linked to cancer.
Furthermore, our partners with supply in dyestuffs and chemicals have compliance with conditions set by ETAD. Our partners' ETAD memberships conform to an environmental code for dyestuffs manufacturing and ensures that the dyestuffs and chemicals used in our fabric is safe for humans. Our suppliers' dyestuffs and chemicals are supported by certificate of ISO 9001:2000 compliance; our fabric manufacturers are also ISO 9001:2000 certified. Lastly, our suppliers' handling of chemicals are certified with requirements of the Regulations under the Hazardous Substances Act 1996.
PULSE Activewear - a natural, healthy choice for your fitness apparel.