8000 chemicals in your underwear?

There is a reason why the textile industry is known as the most polluting industry in the world after the oil industry. On this website, we will focus on the absurd facts regarding this industry. At the same time we will share with you why we believe that our organic cotton products are a great alternative, both for the environment and the workers in the production chain and for you.

8000 chemicals in your underwear?

Doesn’t that sound absurd?

If we look at the numbers, it is a scary industry we work in. 

•    The cotton industry accounts for 25 percent of the total consumption of insecticides, as well as 10 percent of pesticide consumption in spite of cotton production being only 2.5 percent of total farmland.
•    Furthermore, the textile industry uses as many as 8000 chemicals. 8000!!   No wonder treatment and dyeing of textiles, according to the World Bank, accounts for 17-20% of industrial water pollution.

We think this sounds absurd. Therefore, we at DILLING largely only offer organic cotton products. For the same reason, we have also chosen to keep what is sometimes referred to as ”Villy’s expensive hobby” – namely our Nordic Swan-labeled dye works in Bredsten. Because former director, Villy Bertelsen, was the one who insisted that the dye works stay in operation.

At DILLING, we don’t compromise. We never use 8000 chemicals in the production of something that is worn directly against your skin. It can be done with much less. We only use dyes and chemicals that are approved by the Nordic Ecolabel. They are not harmful to the environment, nor to you.

8000 chemicals in your underwear?

Here you see the river Bandi in India. The many colors are due to pollution from the textile industry in the background.

Villy’s expensive hobby

L. P. Hansen’s Succ. Textile Dye Works are called Villy’s expensive hobby, because the dye works run at an annual deficit. Thus, it is not the finances, but rather the passion for a clean and environmentally friendly production, that keeps the dye works going. You see, with our own dye works in Denmark, we have the unique option of controlling which dyeing agents and chemicals get near our products. This makes a big difference for the environment, but also for our employees and for you who will be wearing the clothing against your skin. That’s what Villy fought for, and that’s what DILLING keeps building on.

Can organic cotton save lives?

According to WHO at least one million individuals are hospitalized every year with acute pesticide poisoning, of which 20,000 individuals die. One of the main culprits is the conventional cotton industry. In third world countries where much of the cotton is grown, pesticides are often applied with a backpack pump without safety equipment.

But we don’t have to look far to see examples of what a dirty textile industry can do to the employees. Our master dyer, Birthe, has been through it personally. In the video below, you can hear about Birthe’s experience with allergies, and how it started a process for cleaner production.

Master dyer Birthe talks about her experience with allergies. The clip was borrowed from TV SYD – see the rest of the program here.

What does all this mean for you?

We have talked about why DILLING’s organic cotton underwear is a good choice for the environment and for the people who work in the production. But what does that mean for you?

Quite simply, your get an extraordinarily clean and skin-friendly product. You don’t need to give it a second thought when your baby is sucking on his sleeve. Nor do you need to wash the product before wearing. Because there are no harmful chemical traces that need to be washed out of the clothing.

That means that even if you have sensitive skin, DILLING’s organic cotton is a good choice. We get that confirmed once in a while when customers contact us to share their stories with os, like Ann-Lise and Dorte did. It makes us so happy when we hear how our products contribute to making a difference in their daily lives. That shows us that we are onto something here.

Dorthe’s story:
Hi DILLING. Unfortunately, I have developed a severe allergy to quaternium 15, which is formaldehyde and formaldehyde esters, which is used in clothing, and I looking high and low or panties completely free of that. Can you handle that?

And we sure could.

Dear DILLING. I received a pair of panties from you to see whether I could tolerate them. And they have been super good, soft, great fit, no rash, and super service.
Thank you so much for your help. Sincerely, Dorte.

Ann-Lise’s story:
Ann-Lise previously had problems with her underwear, which often caused small lesions, redness, itching, and irritation. It has now been almost a year since she first tried DILLING’s ECO cotton, and she reports back happily:

Since this spring, when I started using your underwear, I haven’t had a single day with an allergic reaction. With your underwear, I can tolerate sweating without getting red marks from the stitching at the sides and around my thighs and crotch. Before, this was a big challenge for me.