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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Tales from the Rainbow Warrior - Crizel, the Toxic Warrior

Video | 2010-12-20 at 22:04

Crizel Valencia was born on Clark Air Base, in the Philippines, and was diagnosed with leukemia when she was five, in 1999. She was part of a "cancer cluster" in the area of the abandoned U.S. military bases where she was born and lived. Her...

This Google satellite map shows the local

Image | 2010-12-01 at 19:19

This Google satellite map shows the local river of Xintang flowing into the Dong river, which eventually leads to the Pearl River Delta. Xintang produces 260 million pairs of jeans every year.

A thicket of billboards and advertising line

Image | 2010-12-01 at 17:40

A thicket of billboards and advertising line the busy streets of Gurao, Guangdong province

Family workshops are common in Gurao

Image | 2010-12-01 at 14:40

Family workshops are common in Gurao. These five children go to school during the day, but work at night and on weekends. Three are local children, and two are from Hunan and Guizhou. They get 0.30 yuan each for every 100 bra straps that they...

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