At Hemp Gallery, we are seeing more and more mothers coming to us looking for chemical-free hemp fabrics to make school and sports uniforms, because their children can’t wear neither synthetics nor some cotton due to chemicals used in producing such products. We live at a time where we, as consumers, need to be more aware of what products we are bringing home to our babies and loved ones.
Our handmade Lyndon dollies have arrived!
It was a happy day at Hemp Gallery today … our handmade Lyndon dollies made of a blend of hemp and organic cotton have arrived. They are so cute! Most importantly they are usually well received by the little ones as they often become favourites they carry to preschool and on other journeys away from home.
The philosophy behind their design is what appealed to us — the idea that the rudimentary face on the doll encourages the child to imagine details from the faces around it, thus encouraging the right brain development where language and creativity reside. Also the dolls are soft, easily held in small hands, machine washable and free from toxic chemicals and dyes as are our Australian made hemp and organic cotton baby wraps which are on sale now as a gift pack for only $65.
Mums who have received one of our baby wraps as a present, often come back for a second one saying that baby stays warm, but doesn't overheat. This is because Hemp breathes well and is a hollow core fibre and consequently has superior insulation qualities.
Did you know that some textiles were recalled after ACCC tests reveal high levels of hazardous azo dyes?
Source: Product Safety Australia
What are azo dyes?
Azo dyes are a large class of very effective synthetic dyes used for colouring a variety of consumer goods such as foods, cosmetics, carpets, clothes, leather and textiles. A small proportion of azo dyes contain, or can break down to form, a class of chemical substances referred to as aromatic amines. World Health Organisation (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified some of these aromatic amines as known, or suspected, human carcinogens. A carcinogen is a substance that is capable of causing cancer. For more info, visit http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1006626#toc13
The ACCC identified a number of items as containing unacceptable concentrations of azo dyes. The ACCC has negotiated 11 recalls of 35 product lines with the following affected suppliers: Myer (jeans), Jeans West, Cotton On, Rivers, Pillow Talk, Trade Secret, Just Jeans and Target.
The articles surveyed included mainstream adult and children’s articles purchased from major retailers both in store and online: underwear, socks, tops, jeans, leggings and stockings, exercise/active wear, pyjamas and sleepwear, pillow slips and sleeping bags, hand towels, footwear, watch bands, and scarves.
What are the potential types of risks to human health?
In Australia, the Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS) provides that benzidine, 3,3’-dimethoxybenzidine and p-aminoazobenzene are classified as a Category 1 carcinogen - a known human carcinogen, and a Category 2 carcinogen respectively.
- According to the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC)’s ‘Approved Criteria for Classifying Hazardous Substances’ report, Category 2 carcinogens are substances that ‘should be regarded as if they are carcinogenic to man’.
- NICNAS’ released risk assessment of benzidine-based dyes in consumer goods indicates that benzidine may pose a risk as a substance toxic to reproduction and development.
Remember you can come and view, touch and feel our fine hemp products at one of Sydney's weekend markets. Click here to check out our market schedule.
Ray & Beatrice