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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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 2015 – 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...

Is anywhere safe from hazardous chemicals? Seven expeditions will find out…

Blog entry by amcgurk | 2015-06-05

If you had to name one place in the world you think is free from the reach of pollution, where would it be? The Alps? Mount Everest?  Some forms of pollution can be seen with the naked eye, but there are other more insidious forms...

Seeds of change: on the frontlines of the fight against cadmium rice

Blog entry by ada kong | 2015-05-07

I remember when I first visited the Hengdong Industrial Zone in early 2014. There was something eerie and deeply unsettling about the lush rice fields sitting adjacent to the openly polluting factories, whose seven giant stacks poured...

Apple takes first steps to Detox its manufacturing supply chain

Blog entry by Yixiu Wu | 2014-08-18

China is often referred to as the world's factory; manufacturing more than half of all the computers and mobile phones produced worldwide. Living in China and working for Greenpeace, I have seen first-hand the destructive impacts this...

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