Pretty Little Thing is being criticised after admitting their products may contain cancerous chemicals
24 September 2019, 17:22
"The ugly truth about fast fashion and cheap clothes."
Pretty Little Thing customers are warning other shoppers off of the brand after discovering some "alarming" chemicals in their products that may cause cancer and birth defects.
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A message about the chemicals on Pretty Little Thing's website reads: "WARNING: Some Products on our Online Store from time to time may contain chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm and may be included on the Proposition 65 chemical list."
Although Pretty Little Thing are a UK-based company, Proposition 65 of the Safe Drinking and Toxic Enforcement Act 1986 requires that companies notify their customers of potentially harmful chemicals if they want to sell their products in California.
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The list of chemicals includes natural and synthetic substances found in pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes, or solvents. However, the level of risk it poses to the consumer varies and even if the chance of developing cancer is low, the warning still must be given.
Understandably, Pretty Little Thing shoppers were a little worried about the possibility of harmful materials being used in their clothing.
Very alarming that Pretty Little Thing are selling clothing that have chemicals in which are known to cause cancer and birth defects and burying this information at the bottom of their Terms and Conditions— Harriet Wright (@harriet_wrightx) September 22, 2019
Just saw this on @OfficialPLT website. It's really buried down the bottom of the T&Cs page.— Charlotte Lilley 💄 (@Charlie_Lilleyy) September 22, 2019
Why are #PrettyLittleThing allowed to sell products that may contain chemicals known to cause cancer? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/mxJwLgOFWY
I’m shook!!! Quite concerning that Pretty Little Thing are actually selling clothing that have chemicals in which are known to cause cancer and birth defects!!! And the fact they hid the information at the bottom of their Terms and Conditions!! pic.twitter.com/qE6Zei8s69— Xena Musa (@ZeenaMusa) September 22, 2019
I love receiving this, 95% of my wardrobe is PLT, I order at least 3 times a week off this website and I have for years. Such a let down I will never be ordering from here again. Take this in please #prettylittlething #PLT pic.twitter.com/fP6uIKBbNZ— Mills (@milliemaybrown) September 22, 2019
Reposted this on Instagram after seeing @OfficialPLT statements about chemicals that have the ability to harm - that are PRESENT in thier clothes. Pretty little thing then responded to my statement by justifying that these chemicals are also present in household goods... pic.twitter.com/xH9nmeHDkc— LucindaGGG (@GggLucinda) September 23, 2019
The brand tried to respond to the backlash on Twitter by posting links to Proposition 65 beneath frantic replies, while others defended the clothing company and noted that Pretty Little Thing weren't the only brand to issue the warning.
Seen a post going viral about the chemicals in your fast-fashion clothes giving you cancer.— Steven Bartlett (@stevebartlettsc) September 22, 2019
You have nothing to worry about! Every major Fashion brand @ASOS, @FashionNova, @OfficialPLT etc has to write that on their website as a LEGAL requirement! They all have it on there: pic.twitter.com/OeqZ09E9b1
In a statement to The Sun, a Pretty Little Thing spokeswoman has now said: "All companies that sell products to customers in California are legally required to comply with California’s Proposition 65 legislation. Proposition 65 requires companies to make customers in California aware that certain products may contain traces of chemicals.
"PLT works closely with its suppliers to ensure that the requirements relating to Proposition 65 are met. Including a general warning on our US website is a step commonly taken by companies selling products in California."