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The dirty secret behind jeans and bras

Feature Story | 2010-12-01 at 10:00

Jeans, bras and underwear are every-day clothing items that we take for granted – but they are far from harmless. Greenpeace went behind the scenes to two major towns of jeans and bra manufacturing, and discovered widespread pollution.

Textile Towns in China Pay High Environmental Toll for Export Economy

Press release | 2010-11-30 at 10:00

Greenpeace investigations have found widespread pollution, including high concentrations of heavy metals, in Xintang and Gurao, two textile factory towns in Guangdong province that make blue jeans and bras, respectively. Greenpeace calls upon the...

These workers are sewing jeans in a makeshift

Image | 2010-12-01 at 14:30

These workers are sewing jeans in a makeshift shed that serves as a workshop in Xintang, Guangdong province

A jeans wholesale market in Xintang

Image | 2010-12-01 at 14:17

A jeans wholesale market in Xintang, Guangdong province. Xintang is known as "the Jeans Capital of China" and produces more than 260 million pairs of jeans every year, 40% of which are exported.

This boy is working with his parents at a

Image | 2010-12-01 at 13:32

This boy is working with his parents at a small jeans workshop in Dadun Village in Xintang. He earns 0.15 yuan for snipping loose thread ends off one pair of jeans; in one day he can do about 200 pairs. (Xintang, Guangdong province)

This Google satellite map shows the local

Image | 2010-12-01 at 19:19

This Google satellite map shows the local river of Xintang flowing into the Dong river, which eventually leads to the Pearl River Delta. Xintang produces 260 million pairs of jeans every year.

Wastewater discharged from a denim washing

Image | 2010-11-30 at 18:03

Every morning, workers at a denim-washing factory in Xintang must search through wastewater to scoop out stones that are used to make stonewash denim. The stones are washed with the fabric in industrial washing machines and discharged with the...

Wastewater discharged from a denim washing

Image | 2010-12-01 at 13:46

Wastewater discharged from a denim washing factory forms a mesmerizing pattern (Xintang, Guangdong province)

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