NewsToxic clothes on Shein: Study finds dangerous chemicals in kids' wear

Toxic clothes on Shein: Study finds dangerous chemicals in kids' wear

children's clothes with hazardous components
children's clothes with hazardous components
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10:12 AM EDT, May 25, 2024

The shopping platform Shein, originating from China, enjoys considerable popularity among buyers worldwide. However, some of the children's clothing offered on the platform may cause allergies and even disrupt children's hormonal balance. Studies have shown that harmful substances were found in 10 out of 25 tested products.

A study conducted by the consumer organization Test Achats found that coats, rain jackets, children's swimwear, shoes, and shirts are dangerous for children.

The study revealed that 10 of 25 tested garments contained toxic chemical substances, making them unsuitable for wearing and contact with children's skin.

What exactly did the tests conducted by the Belgian organization show? Nearly half of the tested garments contained at least one dangerous chemical substance.

Lead, nickel, and other substances that can cause allergies to children's delicate skin and affect hormonal balance were found in the composition of clothing sold on the Shein platform.

The study also found highly irritating dimethylformamides and quinoline in the composition of children's clothes available for sale online.

In just one pair of shoes, there was five times more lead than allowed by European standards. The content of phthalate chemical compounds was also exceeded by several hundred times.

How many users of the platform might have received the toxic children's clothing? According to April's data, the platform has more than 45 million active users in the EU alone.

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