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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Singles Day is a disaster for our pockets, and the planet

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-11-10

Last year, China’s biggest shopping festival saw 125,000 orders processed every minute over 24 hours. This year promises to be even bigger... and that’s bad news for the environment.   What began as a tongue-in cheek poke at...

Dumping 4.3 million Samsung phones is an environmental disaster warns Greenpeace

Press release | 2016-11-01 at 17:30

Seoul, 1 November 2016 - Samsung’s lack of transparency on the disposal of Galaxy Note 7 leaves tonnes of precious minerals at risk of being discarded into the environment. According to calculations by Oeko-Institut, a research and consultancy...

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: The Cost for the Planet

Publication | 2016-11-01 at 10:00

Following the global recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Greenpeace, alongside the OekoInstitut, a research and consultancy institution based in Germany, has calculated the potential resource implications of dumping or destroying 4.3 million...

Why we’re mapping China’s hazardous chemicals facilities

Blog entry by Cheng Qian | 2016-09-21

China’s chemicals industry appears occasionally in the news, but we tend to only hear about it in extreme cases, when footage of enormous explosions circulate around the world , or hundreds of children fall sick . These...

Which country is most likely to repair their electronic gadgets?

Blog entry by Chih An Lee | 2016-08-15

What happens when your mobile phone dies? Which country is most likely to recycle? And do people repair their phones or just simply throw them away? We did the research to find out… Believe it or not, the humble smartphone...

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