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Hangover cure for the textiles industry: a step-by-step detox plan

Blog entry by Martin Hojsik | 2012-02-10

2011 saw six of the world's biggest clothing brands commit to the elimination of hazardous chemicals and begin to Detox  - all thanks to the power of the people. Pressure is now mounting on those who have yet to commit; they must stop...

Before there can be clear water there must be clear data

Blog entry by Ma Tianjie | 2012-02-02

Image (cc) willc2 and Greenpeace How can transparency and better information disclosure help solve the heavy metal pollution problem China is facing today? The cadmium pollution incident in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region...

Our campaigner on CCTV talking about Guangxi water contamination from cadmium

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-01-31 2 comments

Our toxics campaigner Ma Tianjie recently appeared on China's CCTV news program "China 24" to discuss the recent toxic metal contamination of water supply in Guanxi Autonomous Region. The responsible mining company, Jin Cheng Jiang...

List of toxic items gets a makeover

Feature Story | 2012-01-17 at 21:14

Following the release of our original report from December, we received a lot of requests for more testing on toxic toys and other children's products. We figured since we were doing more testing, we might as well add them to our already...

Chinese Greenpeace activists go undercover to expose factory toxic pollution

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-01-11

Last year Greenpeace toxics team went undercover to infiltrate factories that were releasing hazardous chemicals into China's waterways. Campaigner Zhang Kai looks back on the challenges and successes of the Detox  campaign, a...

Greenpeace in China's cancer villages: testing 100x over the safe limit for chromium

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-12-26 1 comment

Earlier this year  we were all shocked by the news that a chemical company in southern China's Yunnan province had been illegally dumping toxic cancer-causing waste near the village of Xinglong. The problem was so serious that the...

Hong Kong Christmas shoppers in for a rude surprise

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-12-16

Hot on the heels of our damning report that revealed one third of all Chinese children's products tested for heavy metals at illegal levels or levels of concern, Hong Kong decided to take our heavy metal testing to the streets.

Four new year resolutions technology companies should adopt for 2012

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-12-16

After 20 months of mobilising, agitating and negotiating to green Facebook, the Internet giant has announced its goal to run on clean, renewable energy. Facebook's message to energy producers is clear: invest now in renewable energy,...

Toxic heavy metals found in children's products on the Chinese market

Feature Story | 2011-12-07 at 14:18 1 comment

For many people around the world, particularly the little people under 12, Christmas is the best time of the year. Even in China where Christmas is not traditionally celebrated, Chinese New Year follows shortly after in January or February and is...

Art of Activism: strategies used to change the Chinese textile industry

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-11-22

Stage 1: Testing and releasing the report This is a story that begins at two textile factories in China that were discharging a range of hazardous and hormone-disrupting chemicals into the Yangtze and Pearl River deltas. After...

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