Greenpeace launched a ‘Dirty Laundry’ campaign this year highlighting the problem of toxic water pollution by the textile industry in China. This week Nike shocked the world by accepting the ‘Detox Challenge’ to eliminate all toxic chemicals from its supply chain and life-cycle of products by 2020. Puma accepted the Detox Challenge too, as well as announcing a commitment to a more environmentally-friendly future. Greenpeace is now waiting for Adidas to follow suit, to mark the campaign a success.
After a year-long investigation, Greenpeace found major international clothing brands Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Bauer Hockey, Calvin Klein, Converse, Cortefiel, H&M, Lacoste, Nike, Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH Corp) and Puma manufacturing at facilities where toxic discharge is released. The discharge released into waterways contains a range of hazardous and persistent chemicals with hormone-disrupting properties, posing a threat to the ecosystem and human health.
Greenpeace wants big corporations to use their influence to eliminate all toxic chemicals from their supply chains and products and wants governments to commit to a ‘zero discharge’ policy for a safer future.