A Little Story About a Fashionable Lie

Hazardous chemicals in luxury branded clothing for children

Publication - 2014-02-18
A new investigation by Greenpeace International has found a broad range of hazardous chemicals in children's clothing and footwear produced by eight luxury fashion brands.

Twenty-seven products were sent to independent accredited laboratories, and investigated for the presence of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), and certain products were also analysed for phthalates, per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), or antimony.

Sixteen of the products tested positive for one or more of these hazardous chemicals. Evidence that all but one of the luxury brands covered in this report were found to be selling children's products that contain hazardous chemicals must be a strong incentive to act. All clothes should be free from hazardous chemicals, and Greenpeace is calling on the companies identified in this report to recognise the urgency of the situation and become Detox Leaders – committing to zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by January 1, 2020.

As parents, global citizens and consumers, by acting together we can challenge the major brands and governments to bring about the urgent change the world needs. Acting together, we can build the toxic-free future our children deserve.

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