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The Case for Cottonique Chemical-Free Clothing

For centuries, fabrics have been dyed with mineral, plant, and animal extracts. The Chinese, as early as 2600 B.C. were said to be the earliest users of dyes with regards to clothing and ornaments. Researchers have also established a link between social status and clothing color –because newer and brighter colours were so rare and demand was so high, only the wealthy could afford the best coloured dyes, and as the quality of dyes in the market decreased, so did their price.

The race to be among the elite few who deserved to wear exotic colors took a different turn when synthetic dyes were accidentally discovered in 1856. While searching for a cure for malaria, scientists instead discovered “mauve”, a basic dye containing aniline which is believed to be the first synthetic dye to have been discovered. Synthetic dyes soon became brighter, had much better adherence properties and became much easier and cheaper to obtain and apply.

Today, synthetic dyes remain as popular as ever the clothing industry despite a multitude of potential health hazards and environmental problems that have been linked to their use. Studies have found that certain types of cancer, skin allergies, dermatitis, eczema, pneumonia, and even arthritis may be caused by the use of synthetic dyes in clothing materials. In the United States, factory workers who handle dyes are forty times more susceptible to several forms of cancer, cerebrovascular disease, and lung ailments in comparison to the general population. These findings are not surprising given that the dying process involves the use of known cancer-causing poisons such as dioxin, chrome, copper, and zinc, and a suspected carcinogen, formaldehyde.

Cottonique’s response to this dillema is plain and simple – chemical-free, formaldehyde-free, latex-free and spandex-free 100% natural cotton apparel for women, men, children, toddlers, and infants. Cottonique is a fresh, new brand of products designed to help people suffering from skin allergies and chemical sensitivity. “We use only organic cotton sourced from pesticide-free farms. Our pure cotton apparel is breathable, absorbent, and free from any and all dyes, chemicals and bleaches. Cottonique’s innovative chemical-free fabric treatment process enhances the air and moisture permeability of the cotton fabric. The absence of chemicals and resin coating keeps the fabric pores open, increasing ventilation, and allowing moisture to rapidly escape and evaporate.” Says Vinesh Genomal, Vice President of Marketting for Cottonique. Because Cottonique does not contain any dyes whether chemical or natural all products produced by Cottonique keep the natural colour of the cotton from when it was first harvested.

Because Cottonique is dedicated to the entire family’s health and comfort, it has pushed the limits of innovative and revolutionary design in its “Nothing But Cotton” and “Classic Cotton” apparel lines for women, men, children, toddlers, and infants. Unlike most cotton apparel brands, Cottonique does not contain any form of synthetics, latex or spandex. Its products are produced in a 60,000-square foot controlled and allergen-free manufacturing facility that is completely free from latex,spandex and formaldehyde contamination. Most clothing lines contain latex or spandex elastic around the waistband and leg openings. This latex elastic, even when concealed, may cause serious irritation and severe allergic reactions to the body. Cottonique uses a unique fabric-knitting and finishing process that allows the cloth to retain the stretch and fit of commonly found apparel, without the danger of latex allergy, spandex allergy, or chemical sensitivity.

In some instances, it may appear that Cottonique garments are designed inside out. This is where the company has changed the paradigm of garment manufacturing. While commercially available garments are designed solely for aesthetics, placing the rough stitching seams on the inside, leaving the outside clean and smooth, Cottonique reverses the process by placing the rough stitching seams on the outside of the garment and away from the skin, leaving the inside of the garment clean, smooth and comfortable.

Since it began to offer 100% natural cotton bras, briefs, shorts, t-shirts, and nightwear in late 2007, Cottonique has received an enormous volume of orders from discerning consumers worldwide. The company is now fully stocked and ready to take your orders for its dermatologist-recommended, hypoallergenic clothing line for the entire family.
Visit the company’s website and learn how Cottonique can help you protect your family from harmful chemicals. For more information about this innovative company and its extensive product line of family-friendly apparel, visit www.cottonique.com The website offers secure ordering and online support from skilled and knowledgable Cottonique sales representatives. You may also send inquiries to the company’s customer service helpdesk at customerservice@cottonique.com or call 1-888-902-6886

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Breast Cancer Prevention

Red lines on the sides and underneath the breasts are common sights for most women wearing brassieres that they are often ignored. However, having them signals that the lymph flow is in danger of being cut off, if it isn’t yet.

The lymph system serves as the filtration system of the body. Under and in between breasts and in the armpits are numerous lymph pathways and lymph nodes where lymph fluid flow, washing out waste materials and other toxins away from breast tissue. But for the lymph fluid to flow through the body properly, movement is necessary.

However, tight-fitting bras, like push-up bras, restrict breast movement and, thus, the flow of lymph fluid within the breast tissue. Many free radicals that promote and cause cancer, like PCBs, DDT, dioxin and benzene tend to cling to the body’s fatty tissues, such as the breast tissue, and, as they start to accumulate, they enable the growth of cancer cells.

Increasing the risk of breast cancer are not only tight-fitting bras but also bras made from synthetic fiber, since they increase the temperature of the breast tissue. With an increase in temperature comes an increase in the hormone prolactin that often leads to the growth of breast cancer cells.

The first comprehensive study on the link between bra-wearing and breast cancer was done by medical researcher Sydney Singer and his wife Soma Grismaijer in 1995. The Singers studied 4,500 women in 5 cities across the United States and discovered an increase in breast cancer rates between women who do wear bras versus those that do not. In fact, the overall difference between those who wear bras for 24 hours and those who rarely or never wore a bra is an amazing 125 fold.

In summary, the study noted that the odds of getting breast cancer are:
  • 3 out of 4 for women who wear bras 24 hours a day
  • 1 out of 7 for women who wear bras more than 12 hours a day
  • 1 out of 152 for women who wear bras less than 12 hours a day
  • 1 out of 168 for women who rarely or never wore a bra.

The study also noted that most of the known risk factors for breast cancer could be related, if not to the lymphatic system, to bra-wearing behavior. The Singers noticed that the Maoris of New Zealand, who integrated into white culture, have the same rate of breast cancer as that of the other peoples in that culture, while the marginalized aboriginals of Australia have practically no breast cancer.

Breast cancer is a complex disease and can be caused by a number of factors such as heredity, lifestyle, diet and the environment. However, it cannot be denied that, although bras do not cause breast cancer, they, nonetheless, increase the risk of having it.

But brassieres are an important part of a woman’s wardrobe. Women can reduce the risk of having breast cancer by going bra-less at night at home and by using during the day non-constricting cotton bras—such as those of Cottonique that offer some support without restricting movement. Cottonique is an innovative apparel company which has a complete collection of bras and innerwear that are affordable and durable.

Women may not be able to eliminate an important part of their wardrobe, but they still can choose very well what would give them a healthier and, perhaps, a longer life.

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Infantile Eczema

Does your baby have a dry red rash on his cheeks that makes him feel itchy and irritable, especially at night? Has the rash spread over his face, down his neck to his nappy region and to his arms and legs? Has it begun to produce pus? If so, consult your doctor or, better yet, a dermatologist. Your child may be one of the many children suffering from infantile eczema.

Infantile eczema is a skin inflammation that develops before children reach the age of five and frequently appears when children are between two- and six-months old. In children one-and-a-half to two-years old, it is commonly found behind the knees and in the bends of the arms, wrists, ankles and neck. Its outbreak occurs periodically and may be more or less severe than the last.

Infantile eczema is diagnosed on the basis of the visual appearances and the pattern of the disease. It is treated with moisturizers to soothe the inflammation and the itching. If it cannot be controlled with moisturizers, a steroid cream is prescribed.

Steroid creams are safe if used correctly. However, the small risk of side effects increases if used constantly. Milder variants are available in pharmacies but they must not be used on children and on the face without first consulting a doctor.

An alternative to steroid creams in reducing inflammation is a non-steroid cream called Elidel (pimecrolimus). It is a weak immunomodulatory drug that modulates or changes the body’s immune system in some way. It is used in treating mild to moderate infantile eczema in children aged two years and over.

Infantile eczema is prone to infection. One of the most dangerous infections is the type caused by the herpes simplex virus. In such severe cases, antibacterials are also prescribed.

Many children outgrow the disease but some do not, and all those suffering from it have a higher risk of developing other atopic illnesses, such as asthmatic bronchitis, asthma, hay fever or some other kind of allergic illness. It is important to constantly treat the disease even if there is no outbreak of rash to avoid serious complications.

A successful treatment of infantile eczema requires a three-pronged approached. First is to relieve the inflammation and the itching, second is to keep the skin moisturized, and third is to avoid whatever triggers the outbreak of rash.

Below are a number of ways to steer clear of the triggers:

  • Garments touching the skin, especially undergarments, must be 100% cotton as what is offered by companies like Cottonique . Garments made from wool or synthetic fiber causes sweating and skin irritation.
  • Garments must be washed in perfume-free soap and rinsed in water added with household vinegar.
  • Emollients or aqueous cream must be used when washing the skin as substitutes for soap.
  • A thin film of moisturizer must be applied several times a day during summer while a thick film of moisturizer must be applied during winter.
  • Stress must also be avoided.

There is yet no known cause of infantile eczema. However, like three quarters of children suffering from asthma or hay fever, children suffering from this disease have parents or siblings who also suffer from any of the atopic diseases of asthma, hay fever or infantile eczema. Thus, the best way for parents to prevent passing an atopic disease, such as infantile eczema, to their children is to talk to an allergy specialist before having children. They will be advised on the kind of diet to take—a diet that may reduce their children’s risk of developing the disease.

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A safe, reliable and hypoallergenic way to clothe your baby's sensitive skin

The Cottonique Infant Collection was created for concerned proactive parents who want the best for their babies. This new collection for baby clothing has received tremendous consumer interest from those frustrated with the lack of “pure” apparel on the market for infants.

San Francisco, CA January 28, 2009—

Skin is at its most delicate in the first three years of life, since it is not yet fully developed. Baby skin loses moisture faster than adult skin, making it more vulnerable to dryness. It is also three times thinner, making it more susceptible to harmful irritants and bacteria that lead to infection, and possible long-term ailments. These can be best avoided by ensuring that whatever touches a baby’s sensitive skin is hypoallergenic.

However, allergens found in materials like latex and spandex are present in the materials of most clothing brands, and allergens like color dyes, formaldehyde resins, chromates, nickel, perfumes, glue, leathers, and pesticides are included in their manufacturing process.

Furthermore, the skin’s function as the body’s temperature control is, likewise, not yet fully developed in infants, resulting in skin allergies caused by a baby’s inability to cope with changes in temperature.

Recently, an allergy-free apparel company called Cottonique, Inc. brought the idea of hypoallergenic into clothing. Combining scientific research, state-of-the-art technologies and a revolutionary approach to manufacturing apparel, the company has started producing high quality, allergy-free apparel, without the use of irritants that are commonly found in most clothing brands that can cause skin allergies.

“Skin allergies are among the fastest growing chronic childhood diseases,” discloses Vinesh Genomal, Vice President of Cottonique. “’Chemical-free’ parenting is not a trend these days, but a necessity.”

Cottonique does not use dye in manufacturing its apparel. Moreover, the company employs an ingenious fabric-knitting process that allows the material to retain the fit and stretch of commonly found apparel without the danger of latex allergy, spandex allergy or chemical sensitivity; as well as an innovative hydro-pressure purification process that produces 100% pure, natural cotton which is resin-free, formaldehyde-free, chemical-free and hypoallergenic and which is as soft as brushed cotton yet as durable as Pima or Egyptian cotton.

Genomal assures parents that all their products remain highly breathable, comfortable, functional, and safe for a baby’s sensitive skin. “Our exceptionally soft cotton onesies, coveralls, pants, pajamas, booties and bonnets are naturally hypoallergenic, chemical-free and have a special seaming technology that lessens skin irritations.”

Genomal, likewise, advices parents that the best solution for every newborn baby and growing child in his or her early stage of life is Cottonique. “For parents looking to detoxify their baby’s wardrobe, we are delighted to offer you our line of allergy-free baby clothing at our website, www.cottonique.com.”

To learn more about allergy-free apparel, visit the website, www.cottonique.com, or email customer service at customerservice (at) cottonique.com

Cottonique, Inc. is dedicated to finding safe, innovative clothing solutions for people with sensitive skin, skin allergy and other skin conditions. They produce hypoallergenic clothing and underwear in a controlled, allergen-free environment in their 60,000 square foot factory in the Philippines. Their products are available online through their website, www.cottonique.com.

Contact:
Vinesh Genomal
VP - Marketing
Cottonique, Inc.
1-888-90-COTTON (26886)
media@cottonique.com
www.cottonique.com

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Breakthrough in Clothing Industry

Breakthrough in Clothing Industry to Help Sensitive Skin Sufferers

Finally after years of itching and scratching for ideas on how to tackle your skin’s sensitivity to clothing comes an answer in the form of a company that promotes one of nature’s best creations.

San Fransisco, CA - December 1, 2008—This fresh new brand, Cottonique, is launching with confidence to provide high-quality chemical-free, skin-friendly clothing for people with sensitive skin. Using state-of-the-art technologies Cottonique helps in the fight against eczema, dermatitis, and problems arising from irritating and elasticized clothing. They ensure their range of products is made from 100% natural cotton, suitable for use by even the most sensitive of skin and allergy sufferers.

Comfortable allergy-free clothing is an essential design component for our products Dermatologists say that the exacerbation today in skin allergies and chemical sensitivities can be attributed to increases in exposure to the sun, metal, food allergies, disinfectants, cleaners, environmental pollutants, chemicals and materials found in clothing.

So, people suffering with a skin allergy or chemical sensitivity have very limited clothing options. They are always on the hunt for hypoallergenic products that do not aggravate symptoms, which for some could even be life-threatening.

Armed with this challenge, Cottonique set out to find a solution. Combining new technologies with scientific research, the manufacturers of Cottonique’s unique line of cotton garments have mastered production techniques which now enable them to produce quality, chemical-free apparel, without the use of irritants that are commonly found in most clothing brands. Cottonique now boasts a fine collection of finished products which are perfect for men, women, children and toddlers with sensitive skin.

“Comfortable allergy-free clothing is an essential design component for our products”, says Vice President of Marketing, Vinesh Genomal. “Ensuring the health and safety of our customers is our number one goal and driving force”. With active interest from customers who have heard the good news along the global grapevine and are already clamoring to buy, buy, buy, Genomal hinted there would be a full line of children’s, infant’s and toddler clothing available on the Cottonique website just in time for Christmas. The soon to be released ‘nothing but cotton socks’ range for men, women and children will be a comforting addition for the latex-sensitive individual.

Cottonique has taken the trouble to ensure that their products are in line with dermatology requirements and dermatologist recommended, thus giving any mother peace of mind when she is buying apparel for her toddler’s soft and sensitive skin. Their minimalist designs do not use any dyes in any products; their product line is dermatologist recommended for all people and is specifically targeted to be a clothing solution for people with mild to severe skin allergies. Included in the Cottonique line is apparel that is latex-free, spandex-free, lycra-free, and nylon-free.

Cottonique uses a unique fabric-knitting and finishing process that allows the cloth to retain the stretch and fit of commonly found apparel, without the danger of latex allergy, spandex allergy, or chemical sensitivity. All fabrics undergo a hydro-pressure purification process to produce pure cotton that is resin-free, formaldehyde-free, hypoallergenic, and chemical-free. Cottonique does not use any dye stuff in the manufacturing of their clothing and underwear. In the end, all products remain pH balanced, highly breathable, comfortable, functional, and safe for people with skin allergy and sensitive skin. Wonderful! Cotton as natural as your skin!

In anticipation of the flood of demand from prickly consumers for comfortable clothing Cottonique.com is now fully stocked and ready to take your orders for their entire dermatologist recommended, hypoallergenic clothing product line. The new website offers secure ordering and online support from a skilled Cottonique sales representative. You can reach their customer service helpdesk at 1-888-90-COTTON (26886) and also email them at their online helpdesk.

To learn more about this innovative company and its products line, visit their website at www.cottonique.com

Contact Cottonique Inc.
Nick Basso
Media Relations
cottonique.com
1-888-902-6886

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