Green Living - Questions & Answers
......with Debra Lynn Dadd
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009:
Dyes on Imported Fabric
by Debra Lynn Dadd
I've been looking for flannel sheets but noticed that many are imported. Not real clear on this issue, so do I need to be concerned about the type of dye that is used in any imported fabric? Which would mean only made in U.S. cotton or organic would be safe. Thanks for any info.
Lake Hughes, Ca
I've been sleeping on flannel sheets for over twenty years and have never noticed and ill effect from the dyes.
If a dye is "colorfast" -- that is, that it stays in the fabric without coming out during use or washing, it is staying within the fabric. If, for example, you wore a red shirt, and ended up with red armpits, some of the dye may be absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream. I am not aware of any reason to be concerned about dyes that are colorfast.
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