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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Baby sleeping in a factory in Guangdong

Image | 2012-02-20 at 11:00

A sleeping infant in a weaving factory in Gurao, Shantou. In Gurao, where the economy is centered around textile production, Greenpeace has found high levels of industrial pollution and has documented the effects on the community.

Hangover cure for the textiles industry: a step-by-step detox plan

Blog entry by Martin Hojsik | 2012-02-10

2011 saw six of the world's biggest clothing brands commit to the elimination of hazardous chemicals and begin to Detox  - all thanks to the power of the people. Pressure is now mounting on those who have yet to commit; they must stop...

Before there can be clear water there must be clear data

Blog entry by Ma Tianjie | 2012-02-02

Image (cc) willc2 and Greenpeace How can transparency and better information disclosure help solve the heavy metal pollution problem China is facing today? The cadmium pollution incident in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region...

Our campaigner on CCTV talking about Guangxi water contamination from cadmium

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-01-31 2 comments

Our toxics campaigner Ma Tianjie recently appeared on China's CCTV news program "China 24" to discuss the recent toxic metal contamination of water supply in Guanxi Autonomous Region. The responsible mining company, Jin Cheng Jiang...

List of toxic items gets a makeover

Feature Story | 2012-01-17 at 18:14

Following the release of our original report from December, we received a lot of requests for more testing on toxic toys and other children's products. We figured since we were doing more testing, we might as well add them to our already...

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