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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Chinese woman smelts computer circuit boards over an open stove to extract metals.

Image | 2004-04-01 at 9:00

Chinese woman smelts computer circuit boards over an open stove to extract metals. The fan is vain attempt to disperse the highly toxic fumes created by the smelting.

Chinese man smelts computer parts in the open air to extract metals. Open air burning...

Image | 2004-04-01 at 9:00

Chinese man smelts computer parts in the open air to extract metals. Open air burning of computer waste releases large amounts of toxic fumes.

Piles of circuit boards from hazardous computer waste stretch into the distance near...

Image | 2004-04-01 at 9:00

Piles of circuit boards from hazardous computer waste stretch into the distance near an e-waste scrap yard. The circuit boards will be smelted by hand to extract metals. Smelting releases highly poisonous gases and pollutes the environment.

Truck overloaded with hazardous computer

Image | 2004-04-01 at 9:00

Truck overloaded with hazardous computer waste on the way to scrapping yards.

Piles of cables and computer waste awaiting scrapping.

Image | 2004-04-01 at 9:00

Piles of cables and computer waste awaiting scrapping.

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