100% cotton school uniform dress free of chemicals

(39 Posts)
Zara75 Fri 05-Jul-13 13:54:15

I am desperately looking for 100% cotton school pinafore dress for my daughter, who starts reception this year. Our school supplier has got only polyester mixed ones and this non-iron, teflon coated and chemically treated fabrics. M&S and JL sell also only chemically treated uniforms. I am not sure why this is actually allowed to use for children wear still - knowing how bad this is for children.

I was able to get at least the shirts and cardigan in cotton but struggle with the pinafore dress. So far I've found only one supplier but they have sold out the size I'd need. Anymore suggestions would be very much welcome. :-) thank you.

Ixia Sat 06-Jul-13 09:50:24

H&M have cotton pinafores in store, m&s have a 75% cotton pinafore with no teflon. Teflon does have a bad health rep, the fumes given off by cookware can kill pet birds.
I'm always a bit suprised at how uniform has to be synthetic and non-stick, when kids clothes are normally cotton.

prh47bridge Sat 06-Jul-13 10:26:56

In the interests of factual accuracy...

PFOA is used in the process of making Teflon. It should not be present in the finished product. A study by the US Environment Protection Agency in 2009 found levels in non-stick cookware ranging from undetectable (i.e. less than 1.5 parts per billion) to 4.3 parts per billion.

PFOA has been linked to kidney cancer and testicular cancer and scientists think there may be a link but it is not currently regarded as a carcinogen. Further research is needed. It is not currently thought to be linked to birth defects.

DuPont's fine was about the risks to workers and those living near the factories where Teflon is produced, not any alleged risk to consumers.

prh47bridge Sat 06-Jul-13 10:32:50

It is true that some organisations of pet bird owners recommend minimising birds exposure to fumes from cooking with non-stick cookware. Birds are more sensitive to fumes as their respiratory system does not protect them from toxins that are excluded by human lungs. Fumes can be fatal to parrots and some other birds but this is at very much higher temperatures than used in cooking. As I understand it no fumes are released below 300C.

Ineedmorepatience Sat 06-Jul-13 12:10:52

Next do school trousers which have a really high cotton content. My Dd3 loves them, dont think they have teflon either. Althiugh she will be exposed to all sorts of chemicals just getting outnof bed and going to school tbf hmm

Ineedmorepatience Sat 06-Jul-13 12:12:48

Oh, yes they do have teflon. Hey ho.

forevergreek Sat 06-Jul-13 12:17:21

Cambridge baby sell the checked summer type dresses. In 100% organic cotton. 2-6 years

forevergreek Sat 06-Jul-13 12:19:36

Actually Cambridge baby also sell merino wool school cardigans/ woollen grey school skirts. Etc etc but aren't cheap so depends on budget

curlew Sat 06-Jul-13 12:24:25

Please can somebody link to the risks posed by chemicals in clothing? Thank you.

xylem8 Sat 06-Jul-13 17:37:29

I am sure I have read that cotton is the most-sprayed crop in the world, and that's before you even start on teh chemical processes needed to make it usable for textiles

curlew Sat 06-Jul-13 20:04:23

People do realise that "chemicals" are not necessarily bad things, don't they?

Yes, and we're all made of 'chemicals'

Fairylea Sat 06-Jul-13 20:17:13

I think once she starts school and gets covered in paint / food stains / general school mess etc you might see the benefit of the various coatings when it comes to washing the uniform! (Says the mum to a 10 year old dd).

Honestly with all the chemicals they come into contact with this is the least of your worries!

ballstoit Sat 06-Jul-13 21:19:12

The risk of Teflon (if any) would be in non-stick cookware, through heating and breathing in fumes or eating contaminated food.

Presume your DD won't be burning or eating her uniform confused

thehalls Tue 22-Oct-13 14:12:57

I don't want to make my life difficult or do more ironing or even spend more money. But if my son, who has eczema,does not wear cotton clothes he spends his days hot, itching and in discomfort. If he wears teflon treated trousers it;s just as bad. I don't have the science, just the experience of my child. I know he's not alone and would love it if more cotton uniform was available.

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