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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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...

Which fashion brands are going toxic-free?

Blog entry by Kirsten Brodde | 2016-07-05

It was a massive step when Adidas, Puma and Nike promised to go toxic-free by 2020. But when we turned our attention to other companies, the rest of the industry put up resistance. “It’s not feasible what Greenpeace wants us to do...

Is China’s new plan to tackle soil pollution too little, too late?

Blog entry by Ada Kong & Wang Jing | 2016-06-03

China's soil pollution problem is already so extreme that 1/5 of farmland is unfit for use. A new action plan to tackle the problem has been released, but without immediate, binding legislation, its impact will be severely limited. ...

15,000 people and key Yangtze River ecosystem areas in close proximity to Jiangsu...

Press release | 2016-04-23 at 18:16

Beijing, 23 April, 2016 - Yesterday morning at 09:40 the Jiangsu Deqiao Chemical Storage facility in Jingjiang city, Jiangsu Province, caught fire. The facility, located next to the Yangtze River, stores up to 56 chemicals categorised as...

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