Our Work to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals

Standard Page - 2010-07-15
Greenpeace is working in China to stop hazardous chemical pollution of China’s limited water resources and pushing for an end to the illegal e-waste trade.

Greenpeace is working in China to stop hazardous chemical pollution of China’s limited water resources and pushing for an end to the illegal e-waste trade.

Our goals are:

  • Zero toxic discharge: Stop industries in China from using and discharging the most hazardous chemicals.
  • A priority list of the most hazardous chemicals, drawn up by the government so that it can track their use and eventually phase them out.
  • Environmental Information Disclosure: Make a wide sector of industry begin publishing a comprehensive report of their environmental data – especially the use of chemicals – and make that report publicly accessible.
  • The adoption of extended producer responsibility concepts by the electronics industry: companies should remove hazardous chemical components from their products and take responsibility for recycling their products.

How are we doing this?

  • We investigate industrial pollution in China. We sample water from polluting factories, interview victims, and compile evidence of environmental degradation from industrial pollution
  • We expose the dirtiest corporate polluters and demand that they stop using the most hazardous chemicals and clean up their production.
  • We lobby key government officials to recommend the best policies and practices in curbing industrial pollution, including Environmental Information Disclosure.
  • We engage the public to raise concerns about hazardous chemicals. We educate the public about the presence of hazardous chemicals in their life, and test consumer products for dangerous substances. We urge the public to push local authorities to take more action to stop industrial pollution.

And learn more our Detox campaign, powered by more than half a million people, demanding toxic-free fashion and clean water. 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.

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