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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

 

How do you Detox 70 million clothes?

Blog entry by Chiara Campione | 22 September, 2014

Something really cool happened in Italy today. Six of the country’s biggest textile companies , responsible for supplying material to a number of well-known fashion and luxury brands, made a commitment to eliminate hazardous...

Can 2.5 billion gadgets a year be green?

Blog entry by Tom Dowdall | 3 September, 2014 1 comment

It's predicted we will buy 2.5 billion mobiles, computers and tablets in 2014 and there will soon be more Internet connected devices than people on the planet. As the number of gadgets we own explodes, how they are made, used and...

Little Monsters: going back to school

Blog entry by Helena Meresman | 28 August, 2014 1 comment

Back to school time is upon us again. At this time of the year parents everywhere reveal their true nature: there is the excited and optimistic kind, longing for the school activities as a relief from a busy summer; and the I-am-not...

FSC puts business interests first

Blog entry by Asti Roesle | 26 August, 2014

As a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Switzerland, as well as a Greenpeace campaigner focused on doing everything I can to protect our planet's last untouched forests, I am alarmed that FSC has already decided to...

Apple takes first steps to Detox its manufacturing supply chain

Blog entry by Yixiu Wu | 15 August, 2014 2 comments

China is often referred to as the world's factory; manufacturing more than half of all the computers and mobile phones produced worldwide. Living in China and working for Greenpeace, I have seen first-hand the destructive impacts this...

Adidas is back onside!

Blog entry by Dr. Kirsten Brodde | 11 June, 2014 6 comments

As we reach fever pitch on the eve of the World Cup, football fans everywhere have an early reason to celebrate – adidas has today taken a big step towards kicking hazardous chemicals out of the beautiful game. Almost a year since we...

11 Ways to Detox Football

Blog entry by Robin Perkins | 2 June, 2014

UPDATE June 2014 -  Great news! Thanks to #PeoplePower, adidas has agreed to stop the greenwash and come clean.  Read more... Since the launch of the latest Detox investigation into toxic-football, the past few weeks have been...

Join the #DetoxWave

Blog entry by Hanno Groth | 26 May, 2014 1 comment

UPDATE June 2014 -  Great news! adidas has agreed to stop the greenwash and come clean.  Read more... Do you remember the last football match you went to? The incredible atmosphere fuelled by thousands of passionate fans, all...

Keeping the game beautiful

Blog entry by Manfred Santen | 21 May, 2014 3 comments

UPDATE June 2014 -  Great news! adidas has agreed to stop the greenwash and come clean.  Read more... As expectation builds towards the 2014 World Cup, the Detox campaign this week blew the whistle on a toxic scandal that goes...

Talking about a Fashion Revolution

Blog entry by Ieva Vilimaviciute | 7 May, 2014 1 comment

Just a few weeks ago we marked the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, one of the worst industrial accidents in recent history. It was also marked by the first ever Fashion Revolution Day, a global call for a change in...

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