At first this product seems like it's sustainable because it claims to be sourced from third party audited factories and use recycled materials in their products and packaging all while upholding rigid social and environmental standards. However, at the end of my review I came across a violation that contradicted the information that they provided which brought the overall rating down because I don't know what to believe anymore. Nemcor needs to publicly address their violation and state what changes they've made to ensure the health of consumers. I would like to note that this review can only be applied to products from Nemcor’s Life Comfort line.
This throw is made of 100% polyester which is a synthetic, petroleum-based fiber. This material is made from fossil fuels and have many harmful environmental and health impacts. Nemcor sates that they're using recycled fibers (but they dont say what % of recycled material is used) which reduces the need for primary extraction of crude oil while reducing the amount of plastic in landfills. Another concern that surrounds polyester are the toxic microfibers that are shed when we are using them or when they're being washed. Nemcor once again attempts to address this issue by having their products certified by the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 which guarantees their products are strictly tested for harmful substances. There is some greenwashing with this certification though. Consumers should be aware that OEKO-TEX is not an eco label, it only guarantees that the textiles are not harmful to human health, but in many cases products that are OEKO-TEX certified are still harmful to the environment.
Nemcor saves a considerable amount of water thanks to dry dye. Dry dyeing uses CO2 as a medium instead of water. Some companies even use reclaimed CO2, but I'm going to assume Nemcor doesn’t because they don’t mention it. Nonetheless, there are many advantages of dry dye including, zero wastewater, no processing chemicals and less energy. Additionally, all of Nemcor’s factories have earned Walt Disney’s FAMA certificate, meaning they are compliant with all of their social and environmental requirements.
Timothy McIntyre is the president of Nemcor. I wasn’t able to find a whole lot of information on their website or anywhere really. However, while I was searching, I came across a Proposition 65 violation that was brought up against Timothy back in 2016. It was found that there was di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEPH) in their products without clear and reasonable warnings. DEPH can be dangerous because it may cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. One of the products that DEPH was found in came from the Life Comfort line which is where the product I'm reviewing comes from that claims to have these certifications that require testing and quality control measures. I wasn’t able to find a response from Nemcor or anything like that so I'm unsure what kind of action was taken in response to this notice. Ultimately, I lost all trust for Nemcor and I can no longer find the information that they provided to be credible.