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The wrinkle resistant treatments are a problem for silk products, too. Anything that is washable as a silk is likely to have been treated with a formaldehyde containing finish. As a graduate student I have been doing research on a more environmentally and consumer friendly finish for silk using Citric Acid. The finish is simple, the chemicals can be reused, they are non-toxic to humans and have low aquatic toxicity, and it can be done at a low temperature, thus decreasing energy costs and environmental outputs. I think it will be interesting to see what solutions the textile industry comes up with when faced with consumers not willing to wear whatever chemicals are put onto clothes without any indication. I feel that we must be moving toward some type of labeling law so consumers are aware of the treatments their garments and home textiles have undergone.
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