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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A little story about a fashionable lie

Blog entry by Chiara Campione | 2014-02-18

When I was a child my mother used to tell me stories before going to bed. One of my favourites was “the Emperor’s New Clothes”, a tale of truth, lies and fashion. Today I want to tell you another little story this time about the...

A Little Story About a Fashionable Lie

Publication | 2014-02-18 at 0:00

A new investigation by Greenpeace International has found a broad range of hazardous chemicals in children's clothing and footwear produced by eight luxury fashion brands.

Why these Chinese children react differently to images of a toxic spill

Video | 2014-02-12 at 6:00

We recently showed images of this industrial spill off the coast of the city of Shishi to the children of Beijing, and asked them what they saw, with incredibly cute responses. But when we take the same images to an older child living nearby...

Seesaw Seesaw X Greenpeace: Secondhand kid's clothes swap party

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2014-02-11

Why secondhand clothes? A recent Greenpeace test found toxic chemicals in children’s clothes, ranging from budget fashion to luxury brands products. Laundering may help to remove some toxic chemicals from new clothes. However,...

Primark joins the 5 Step Detox Programme

Feature Story | 2014-02-10 at 21:30

Today, British retail giant Primark became the 20th global clothing company to commit to Detox. In doing so, they have taken up the challenge laid down to the fashion industry by people around the world to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from...

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