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  •  Nurses, too.... (3+ / 0-)
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    100% cotton.  I have a cousin who is/was a nurse, and a niece who is a nurse.

    Polyester and poly-blends carry a fire danger of sparking static electricity in dry winter air, which is not a pretty idea for a surgical room or a neo-natal unit with huge amounts of pure oxygen, (stinky plastic) oxygen hoses that direct oxygen straight into one's nose (imagine inhaling toxic flames).  Et cetera.  I never understood the reasoning behind poly slippers with non-skid bottoms.  They feel awful.  I bring my own (98% cotton 2% spandex around the ankles) footies to the hospital.

    Years ago one winter I got out of bed (wearing a long 100% cotton flannel nightgown), put my synthetic floofy slippers on and, while half asleep, slouched tiredly, half-sliding my feet on the carpet (another old polyester fabric) to turn on my PC.  My hand touched my Wacom Tablet and shorted it out!  Cost me $100 to replace it, and I'm damned lucky the spark wasn't strong enough to go straight through the wiring to the hard drive.  It was an expensive lesson learned.

    Thereafter I sprayed [horridly stinky, icky, awful-smelling] static guard on the floor in front of the PC desk every fall and that mostly got me through the winter with low static electricity..., and I always, always, always touched something else before touching my PC desk or the computer parts.

    I know darn good and well the info about polyester melting on skin and ripping off skin, and synthetic furniture & stuffing being an extreme fire hazard - and very, very, very toxic, as in deadly to breathe - is "out there."  I've seen it on the news off and on for years, and it's online.

    What's amazing to me is that no one pays attention to it before disaster strikes and some of the worst-case scenarios could be avoided when disaster does happen to people who should know better.

    If people would heed the warnings and just not buy the hazardous clothing, the fucking corporations would be forced to make cotton or silk or cotton-silk or cotton-linen (w/flax the base, people allergic to flax probably couldn't use linen - used to be a fabric called ramie which is made from an Asian nettle plant and I can't use it; gives me an instant rash, and I'm allergic to the relative plant, the stinging nettle).

    Natural fibers are a thousand percent better than oily and stinky polyester any old day.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 02:27:39 PM PDT

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