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Chemicals out of control

Governments and industry have failed tocontrol the spread of dangerous chemicals around the globe. Sowidespread are manmade hazardous chemicals in our environment, in ourhomes and in the products we use every day, that we are constantlyexposed to a cocktail of chemicals. As a result, even our own bodiesare contaminated.

Moda sin Toxicos

High fashion isn't normally known for being held in high regard amongenvironmentalists. But some big names and big brands in fashion havegotten together with us to put on a toxics-freefashion show. The clothes we wear, no matter how expensive,shouldn't cost the Earth.

In our environment:

It nowseems that no part of the planet is free from chemical contamination.Research shows that fish and whales caught hundreds of kms offshore,and in remote areas such as Alpine lakes and the polar regions, despitebeing far from any industry, are no longer pristine. Rainwater inEurope has been shown to be polluted with the hazardous chemicals thatare added to consumer products. A recent study has found that eels infreshwater ecosystems across Europe are contaminated, raising concernfor the impact on this once abundant species whose numbers now are inrapid decline.

In our homes:

Our testing hasfound that house dust in homes across Europe is contaminated withhazardous manmade chemicals. Chemicals that are added to ordinaryhousehold products (including carpets and other furnishings, electricaland electronic goods, toys and childcare articles, etc.) can bereleased over time, accumulating in the dust in our homes. Chemicals insuch products are rarely labelled and you probably don't realise theyare there. Bringing these chemicals via consumer products into ourhomes leads to a repeated and long-term exposure to low doses of thesecontaminants.

In our products:

Hazardouschemicals are intentionally added to consumer products that we useevery day. Electronics, toys, shampoos, perfumes, furniture, even babies' pyjamas, can all contain substances with the potential to harmhealth and development. We have tested a wide range of these productsfor hazardous chemicals. You can read the results of our testing anddiscover which brands contain the most toxic substances on our ChemicalHome website.

In our bodies:

Analyses ofumbilical cord blood have confirmed the presence of hazardous chemicalsin humans at the very start of life, indicating that chemicals releasedtoday could have profound consequences for the next generation. Thisproves that chemicals released into our environment may have an impacton future generations. No one knows how many man-made chemicalscontaminate our bodies but more than 100 is a conservative estimate. Sogreat is the number of chemicals all around us that we're constantlyexposed to multiple doses, the combined effect of which could beimpacting our health. This effect of chemicals in our bodies, includingin our blood, is largely unknown. There's particular concern about therisks to children and babies, since they are the most vulnerable, andbecause some of these hazardous chemicals are known to affect thedevelopment of babies inside the womb.


The European Union has approved a new chemical law to replaceregulation that is over 40 years old. But the new EU chemicalslegislation (REACH) is in critical condition. Read more analysis or a guide to how you can help strengthen the new law.

We are campaigning for solutions. We believe that politicians must takeaction and require companies to stop using hazardous chemicals and tosubstitute them with safer alternatives whenever and wherever possible.

The latest updates

 

Telling a Detox Fairy Tale

Blog entry by Ilze Smit | 17 January, 2014

Earlier this week Greenpeace launched the latest chapter of the Detox campaign for toxic-free fashion, revealing how hazardous Little Monsters are lurking in all kinds of kid's clothes - from luxury to budget - and calling on big...

Greenpeace matriarch "walked in light"

Blog entry by Barbara Stowe | 16 January, 2014 2 comments

Marie Bohlen, a consummate artist known for her nature illustrations and a founding matriarch of Greenpeace, died January 5th at age 89, passing away peacefully at her home in Courtenay, British Columbia. Besides a distinguished...

'Detox Our Future' Mexico

Image | 14 January, 2014 at 17:44

Over one hundred children create a human banner reading: "Detox Our Future" with the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior in the background, displaying the 'Detox symbol between her masts. The activity took place to mark the launch of the Greenpeace...

2013: The Year In Photos

Slideshow | 24 December, 2013

2013: The Year In Photos

Feature story | 24 December, 2013 at 13:30

The year 2013 has been very eventful for Greenpeace on all points of the compass. Whether it be turning around a cargo container filled with fin whale meat in Hamburg, getting the palm oil industry to think twice about deforestation in Indonesia,...

FSC suspends three of Resolute's certificates

Blog entry by Grant Rosoman | 12 December, 2013

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was created in 1993 to allow companies and the public to identify products coming from responsibly managed forests. In order to protect the world’s last remaining intact forests, consumers and...

Chemistry for any weather

Blog entry by Ieva Vilimaviciute | 12 December, 2013

Here in Europe, winter has well and truly arrived and the cold is setting in. This is the one time of the year when even the most hardenned fashionistas put comfort before style - digging out those thick gloves and warm winter jackets...

Is adidas really "All in" for Toxic-Free Fashion?

Blog entry by Pierre Terras | 14 November, 2013

UPDATE June 2014 - Great news! adidas has agreed to stop the greenwash and come clean. Read more... Earlier this month, Greenpeace International released the Detox Catwalk  showing which brands were hot, and which brands were...

Walking the talk to a toxic-free future

Blog entry by Ieva Vilimaviciute | 31 October, 2013

Looking back over the past two years it is incredible to see what we have achieved together. As fashion lovers, shoppers, activists, bloggers, designers and models we united behind a common cause: fashion without pollution. Armed...

How people power is shaking up the fashion sector

Blog entry by Ilze Smit | 24 October, 2013 2 comments

Over the past two years the fashion industry has been undergoing a quiet revolution.  I'm not talking about the accelerating pace at which the latest styles fly from the runways to the rails, nor the growth of e-commerce and social...

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