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A new study from Singapore University has shown that silk fabrics are less toxic than previously thought, but it still comes with some safety concerns.
The study, published in the journal Nanotechnology Letters, looked at toxicological and safety data of six different silk fabrics, and concluded that while they all have similar toxicity levels, the different materials were “not the same.”
The study found that while the toxicity levels for the six fabrics tested were the same, there were some differences in the types of metals used, the manufacturing processes and the way the materials were processed.
For example, one of the fabrics tested was a synthetic cotton with a high content of methylmercury.
While the study was designed to compare the toxicity of the materials tested with those of other fabrics, the researchers concluded that their toxicity levels may differ depending on the fabric being tested.
The researchers also looked at the potential for toxic chemical interactions between the materials, and found some potential problems.
For instance, methylmerC was found to be an estrogen receptor antagonist, meaning that it inhibited estrogen receptor activity.
Other chemicals found in the fabrics were known to be estrogenic, including chlorpyrifos, which can cause reproductive toxicity.
“This study provides a basis for evaluating the potential of synthetic silk fabrics for use in the treatment of reproductive toxicity,” the study authors wrote.
“However, more information is needed to understand the toxicity potential of these materials and the effect of their use on the reproductive system.”
The authors of the study also pointed out that there are several other concerns associated with the fabrics, including the fact that the fabrics may be used in areas where there is a risk of exposure to lead, cadmium, cadmetia, arsenic and mercury.
They also noted that the synthetic silk used in the study did not contain a significant amount of silk protein.
According to the researchers, the study should serve as a reminder that all of the chemicals used in synthetic fabrics are potentially toxic.
“Silk fabrics are a major source of lead, copper and cadmias and can also contain other chemicals that may be toxic,” said the lead author of the paper, Professor Dr. Li-Ki Lu.
“There are also some risks associated with their use in a large number of places, such as in the workplace, in the homes, in water treatment plants and in the manufacture of goods such as clothing and footwear.”
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