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Azo free dyes and OEKO-TEX standard

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Why do we use AZO-FREE dyes

Azo dyes are a group of synthetic dyes composed by the chemical azo group. Azo is widely used in dyeing many types of fibres, natural, artificial and synthetic, to colour things. Azo dyes are known to have extensive environmental and health consequences.

 

Why are azo dyes used? They are able to dye cloth at a lower temperature than azo free dyes. They are considered to be easy to use, cheaper and provide clear strong colours. Azo dyes also offer a wide variety of colours so clothes can be made using brighter colours, which will not run in the wash thereby allowing the colours of clothes to last longer.

 

What is the impact of azo dyes on our health? Azo dyes can split to form a compound known as aromatic amines, which are potentially dangerous to human health. A link has been found between these aromatic amines and cancers, specifically bladder and liver cancers. Human bodies get in contact with azo dyes through dermal absorption e.g. when the textile product gets in contact with our skin and through sweating.

 

What is the impact of azo dyes to our environment? Azo dyes do not degrade under natural environmental conditions therefore when the waste water from the factory is released into the environment it will become concentrated inside living things including fish and plants. The problem with azo dyes is, even when it contaminates water, the water will still appear clear so you cannot visually see the contamination.

 

Why have we explained this to you? We know how important it is to take care of our environment and our customers therefore, all the dyes used to make Peshtemall products are azo free! How do we know this? Our suppliers hold Oeko-Tex standard 100 certification. Why not treat yourself or a loved one to one of our hammam towels, scarves or blankets.

 

OEKO-TEX – STANDARD 100

So what is OEKO-TEX? It is a group of independent research and test institutes for fabric. They aim to create trust in the production of textiles, improving sustainability production and creating a sustainable and transparent value chain. Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX is used to test textile products for harmful substances and provides a certificate to show that the product is safe for human use. OEKO-TEX testing includes regulations regarding prohibition of the use of azo dyes, formaldehyde and nickel.

 

At Peshtemall we not only strive to bring you the best peshtemal products, we also work with suppliers who have OEKO-TEX certification to ensure that we are bringing you products which are made in the safest way possible and are friendly to the environment. Read our blogs on What is so special about Turkish peshtemal towels?, History of Turkish Peshtemal Towel and Different ways to use your Turkish peshtemal towel to learn more about hammam towels.

 

Before we end this blog we would like to leave you with a quote:

 

“It’s the little things that citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” — Wangari Maathai

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