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Publication | 2013-01-23 at 6:00

How textile manufacturers are hiding their toxic trail. A new investigation by Greenpeace International has found a wide range of hazardous substances in the effluent of communal wastewater treatment plants from two industrial zones in China, as...

Uniqlo adds Detox commitment to spring's wardrobe essentials

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky | 2013-01-15

Another fashion brand is Detoxing . Japan's leading international casual wear brand, Uniqlo, begins the new year with a public commitment to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire global supply chain and...

Paying the ultimate price for living in the heart of the textiles industry

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2013-01-01

Li Bairong and his family live in Shaoxing, an area that has been severely affected by pollution. The Shaoxing Binhai Industrial Zone specialises in textile and dyeing, assuming more than a third of China’s dying and printing capacity...

A migrant worker's cottage in Shaoxing

Image | 2012-12-31 at 6:30

Migrant workers live in farmer's cottages within the Binhai Industrial Zone. They pay about 200 RMB per month rent for each room. The area specialises in textile and dyeing and suffers ongoing pollution associated with the textile manufacturing...

How international pressure can change Chinese factories

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-12-27 1 comment

The year kicked off with Mike Daisey's controversial monologue lambasting labor conditions in Chinese factories making Apple products. But it has ended with actual change in an altogether different industry but who too were accused of...

Silent witnesses to the toxic truth

Blog entry by Muyi Yang | 2012-12-25

At Greenpeace we believe in bearing witness to environmental crimes. In shining a global spotlight on injustice. In the positivity of action. A year ago we set out to investigate the discharges flowing into the Qiantang River in...

Chinese worker mixing dye in Shaoxing

Image | 2012-12-24 at 5:30

A worker mixes dye in a factory in the Binhai Industrial Zone. He only wears a simplified gas mask. Shaoxing County, in Zhejiang Province, is reported to have more than 9,000 textile mills and 30% of China's dyeing and printing capacity. The...

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