Chlorophenols are a group of chemicals used as biocides in a wide range of applications, from pesticides to wood preservatives and textiles. Biocides are substances used to kill organisms. Chlorophenols stick to soil and to sediments at the bottom of lakes, rivers, or streams. Most of the Chlorophenols released into the environment get into the ground water.
Animals that were given food or drinking water containing chlorophenols developed adverse or negative health effects. The major effects with exposure to high levels of chlorophenols were on the liver and the immune system. treatment of rats and mice with high doses of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol in food caused leukemia in rats and liver cancer in mice, suggesting that 2,4,6-trichlorophenol may be a carcinogen.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that the chlorophenols as a group, to be carcinogenic to humans. Monochlorophenols are used as household antiseptics, and 2,4-DCP is used for mothproofing.
These type of chemicals have no good use in our world today yet they are still being used. By choosing organic clothing, or GOTS certified clothing you reducing your risk of becoming exposure to these nasty chemicals. GOTS certified clothing ensures good business practice and safe environments for everyone, promotes clean agricultural practice, and clean water for everyone. Is that too much to ask?