Our recent year-long investigations into the pollution of China's water sources found two textile facilities in China that were discharging a range of hazardous chemicals into the Yangtze and Pearl River deltas.
Following the paper trail to see who these two companies were supplying, we found a long list of internationally recognised super brands. Two of them are Nike and Adidas.
Alkylphenols (including nonylphenol) were found in waste water samples from both factories, and perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) were present in the waste water from the Youngor Textile Complex. This was despite the presence of a modern wastewater treatment plant at the Youngor facility.
These chemicals don't play fair with human health or the environment. They mess with human reproduction. They harm development, damage the liver, impact the immune system, disrupt hormones and decrease sperm counts.