Dyes are the Tragedy

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To the Editor:
David Schlegel writes that a doggy T-shirt by American Apparel is, “tragically offered in only one color: white with green cuffs” (The Pampered Pet, Sept. 17). I know you were only being cute, but the real tragedy is that humans have gone way too long poisoning the Earth’s waterways with fabric dyes, along with a myriad of other toxins, oblivious to the damage being done, for the sake of indulgence in vanity. The day before I read your article, [I was] articulating my idea about possibly not having coloring in our clothing and household accoutrements for 100 years or so to clean up the mess we’ve made—unless all the dyes become botanical again. They do a lot of artificial fabrics and bright colors at American Apparel. It’s good that the doggy T-shirt is mostly plain cotton, with minimal color on the trim.

Margaret S. Dabney
Morningside Heights

Letters have been edited for clarity, style and brevity.

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