Monday, October 18, 2010
Breast Cancer Awareness and Fabrics choices
I embroidered this design to support Breast Cancer Awareness and this month pink is the color to wear. But not all pinks are created equally and some awareness should apply to the fibers too. The National Institutes of Health estimates that environmental factors contribute to 75-80% of all cancers. With nearly 80,000 chemicals on the market (many of which used in our daily lives being largely unregulated), exposure to potential environmental carcinogens is widespread.
An organic cotton shirt dyed with low-impact, fiber-reactive dyes makes even more sense this month as conventional cotton has been sprayed with pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers and man made fabrics like polyester or nylon are petrochemicals based (think about how many pairs of fancy bras you own and wear)
Another way to protect your breasts is to keep breastfeeding, as studies show that you reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by breastfeeding your baby. And if your baby is a little girl, her risk is also reduced.