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 migrant child from Henan province holds up a piece of e-waste. It was once a Nokia...

Image | 2005-03-08 at 11:00

A migrant child from Henan province holds up a piece of e-waste. It was once a Nokia computer screen, now dumped in China and dismantled by poor unprotected migrant workers.

A Chinese child sits on a pile of hazardous e-waste.

Image | 2005-03-08 at 11:00

A Chinese child sits on a pile of hazardous e-waste.

A migrant worker strips plastic from wires to extract useful metals. The plastic on...

Image | 2005-03-08 at 11:00

A migrant worker strips plastic from wires to extract useful metals. The plastic on the wires is often PVC which contains toxic chemicals and produces large amounts of pollution when disposed, often by burning in the open air.

Owner of an e-waste scrapping yard stands in front of a mountainous pile of computer...

Image | 2005-03-08 at 11:00

Owner of an e-waste scrapping yard stands in front of a mountainous pile of computer waste waiting to be scrapped to recover useful plastics and metals.

Close up of a huge pile of computer keyboards waiting to be scrapped. These are...

Image | 2005-03-08 at 11:00

Close up of a huge pile of computer keyboards waiting to be scrapped. These are likely to have been thrown away in Europe, US or Japan and then dumped in China because it is cheaper to dump this hazardous waste in China than dispose of it properly.

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