Eliminate Toxic Chemicals

Toxic chemical pollution is a real and deadly danger for many people in China. Hundreds of millions of people here lack access to clean drinking water, while many more are drinking contaminated water.

Over the last three decades, China's economic development has transformed the country, replacing fields and forests with thousands of factories.

Though the factories may bring wealth, they also severely pollute China's precious water resources. The widespread dumping of toxic chemicals and industrial wastewater has poisoned rivers and groundwater – and the people who rely on them.

But together we're challenging some of the world's most popular clothing brands to work with their suppliers and eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals into our water. Learn more about our internationally acclaimed Detox campaign.

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Tianjin blast update: authorities evacuate area surrounding blast site

Press release | 2015-08-17 at 20:15

Beijing, 15 August 2015 - This morning authorities confirmed the presence of sodium cyanide and a number of other chemicals within 1km of the blast site and have established a 3km evacuation zone. However, the precise make-up of the cocktail of...

Searching for Shangri-la: Rules for surviving 5,000m above sea level

Blog entry by Yuting Lei | 2015-07-28

When we set out on our mission to the Haba Snow Mountain, I had no idea how tough the conditions we were about to endure would be. At an altitude of 4000m above sea level, we practically had to relearn how to walk and even crawl as we...

How we took bearing witness to new heights...

Blog entry by amcgurk | 2015-06-11

At Greenpeace, we try hard to stay ahead of the curve and keep an eye out for new technologies that will help spread our message. Here in Mainland China, typical Greenpeace large-scale stunts are out of bounds, so we have to think of...

Up, up and away? It’s not that easy when you live in the shadow of a lead mine.

Blog entry by ada kong | 2015-06-10

This is 7 year old Yang Zhiyi. She lives in Jinding Town, Yunnan province. In September 2008, her blood was tested and found to contain elevated levels of lead. And she’s not the only one.   Jinding Town is located in one of...

Greenpeace: Investigation finds pollution and illness ignored at Asia's largest lead...

Press release | 2015-06-09 at 12:43

Beijing, 9 June 2014 – A Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA) investigation has found severe heavy metal pollution and serious health problems at Asia's largest zinc and lead mine and smelting plant in Jinding Town, Lanping County, Yunnan. The findings...

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