Oakland, California – The Center for Environmental Health sent legal notices to 11 brands manufacturing sports bras and athletic shirts after a study found they have high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) based on standards set in California.
California-based watchdog group found that in clothing, there are up to 22 times the safe limit of BPAchemicals used to make plastic for food packaging, baby bottles and other items, WTAJ report.
The group describes BPA as “a well-studied hormone that interferes chemically.”
The following brand names face legal notice:
- The North Face
- All in Motion
- The North Face
- New Balance
“People are exposed to BPA through ingestion (for example, from eating food or drinking water from containers that have leached BPA) or by absorbing it through the skin (for example, from handling receipts),” said Director of Illegal Toxic Threat Program at CEH Kaya Allan Sugerman. .
“Studies have shown that BPA can be absorbed through the skin and end up in the bloodstream after handling receipts for seconds or minutes at a time. Sports bras and athletic shirts are worn for hours at a time, and you have to sweat in them, so it becomes concerned to find high levels of BPA in our clothing.
To date, CEH reported its investigations have found BPA in polyester-based clothing with spandex, including socks made for babies. Over the past year, CEH added that it has pushed more than 90 companies to reformulate their products to remove all bisphenols, including BPA.
“The problem with BPA is that it can mimic hormones like estrogen and block other hormone receptors, changing the concentration of hormones in our bodies, and causing negative health effects,” said Director of Science at CEH Dr. Jimena Díaz Leiva. “Even low levels of exposure during pregnancy have been linked to a variety of health problems in the offspring. These problems include abnormal development of the mammary glands and ovaries which can increase the likelihood of developing breast or ovarian cancer later in life. These effects occur even at low levels of exposure which is as low as seen in people today.
The 11 clothing brands will have 60 days to work with CEH to resolve the violation before CEH files a complaint to do so.
CEH strives to protect people from toxic chemicals by working with communities, consumers, workers, governments and the private sector to demand and support safe business practices for public health and the environment.
For more information about CEH, visit its website at ceh.org.