Li-Ning and C&A join Adidas, H&M, Nike and Puma in tackling fashion industry's toxic addiction

Press release - November 21, 2011
Amsterdam, 21 November 2011 - Greenpeace today welcomed the 'Joint Roadmap' (1) published by international clothing companies Adidas, H&M, Nike and Puma, as an important step towards the elimination of all releases of hazardous substances from the brands' supply chains and products by 2020. Greenpeace also welcomed moves by fast-fashion retailer C&A and Chinese sportswear brand Li-Ning, whose individual 'Detox' commitments (2) allowed for their credible participation in the Roadmap.

"Now that fashion leaders have sketched out their designs for a toxic-free future, they need to transform these into ready-to-wear collections that will bring about large-scale change in the fashion sector," commented Martin Hojsik, Detox Campaign Coordinator at Greenpeace International.

The Joint Roadmap outlines how the companies will deliver against their 'Detox' commitments (3) and includes details on the development of tools to monitor the release of hazardous chemicals, green chemistry initiatives and pilot projects for the elimination of certain chemicals. However, Greenpeace is challenging all of the companies to respond with more urgency to the problem of toxic water pollution, by publishing shorter and more concrete timelines for the elimination of the most hazardous chemicals (4).

"We're calling on all of these companies to become more transparent, and to provide clear timelines for the disclosure of pollution information, so that the public can quickly and easily monitor their progress towards zero discharges of all hazardous chemicals", said Hojsik.

The inclusion of C&A and Li-Ning in the Joint Roadmap, and their accompanying 'Detox' commitments, will strengthen the already committed brands' position when working with suppliers to revolutionise the way our clothes are made and to introduce toxic-free production processes (5).

"As the first Chinese brand to commit to remove all hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and products and adopt the Joint Roadmap, Li-Ning are setting a clear precedent for all other Chinese brands to follow", said Hojsik.

"Toxic water pollution is an urgent problem for millions of people, so there's plenty of work still to do for all of these brands, who must listen to their customers' demands for toxic-free clothing, and move quickly and decisively to bring about effective and structural change in the fashion industry", he concluded.

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. Greenpeace is campaigning to stop industrial pollution of our water with hazardous, persistent and hormone-disrupting chemicals by demanding that companies and governments take action to Detox our future.

Contacts: Martin Hojsik, Greenpeace International Detox Campaign Coordinator (m) +42 1905 313 395
Ilze Smit, Greenpeace Netherlands Detox Campaigner (m) + 31 6 536 238 18
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Notes to the Editor:

(1)    The Joint Roadmap is available on the companies sites: Puma: http://about.puma.com/?page_id=10 Nike: http://nikeinc.com/news/adidas-group-ca-hm-li-ning-nike-and-puma-partner-to-reach-zero-discharge-by-2020

Adidas: http://www.adidas-group.com/en/sustainability/statements/2011/Joint_Roadmap_Zero_Discharge_Nov_2011.aspx

H&M: http://about.hm.com/gb/corporateresponsibility/environment/actionplantohelpleadourindustrytozerodischarge__Action_plan_zero_discharge.nhtml

C&A: http://www.c-and-a.com/uk/en/corporate/fileadmin/templates/master/img/fashion_updates/International_Press_Releases/111118_StatementJointRoadmap-EN.pdf
(2)    C&A's individual commitment is published at: http://www.c-and-a.com/uk/en/corporate/fileadmin/templates/master/img/fashion_updates/International_Press_Releases/C-and-A_Commitment_to_Zero_Discharge.pdf
Li-Ning's individual commitment is published at : http://www.li-ning.com/info/info.html?swf=news.swf (If accessing in China). http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/publications/toxics/Water%202011/LiNing-commitment-to-zero-discharge.pdf
(3)    Puma committed to 'Detox' on July 26th  http://safe.puma.com/us/en/

Nike committed to 'Detox' on August 18th http://www.nikebiz.com/media/pr/2011/08/17_zero_discharge.html

Adidas committed to 'Detox' on August 30th: http://www.adidas-group.com/en/sustainability/statements/2011/Commitment_to_Zero_Discharge_Aug_2011.aspx

H&M committed to the 'Detox' on 19 September 2011: http://about.hm.com/gb/corporateresponsibility/greenpeace__Greenpeace.nhtml
(4)    The most hazardous chemicals include toxic dyes, heavy metals, APEOs and some PFCs, many of which are already forbidden for use in numerous countries.
(5)    The publication of the Joint Roadmap follows an international campaign by Greenpeace, which engaged hundreds of thousands of people around the world to convince major clothing brands to 'Detox' both their products and production processes of toxic and hormone-disrupting chemicals by 2020. A year-long Greenpeace investigation into toxic water pollution in China found links between a number of major clothing companies, including Li-Ning, Adidas, Nike, Puma and H&M, and suppliers in China, who were found to be discharging persistent and bioaccumulative hormone-disruptors into Chinese rivers. The findings from the research provide a snapshot of the kind of toxic chemicals that are being released by the textile industry into waterways all over the world. To read the executive summary or full "Dirty Laundry" report visit: www.greenpeace.org/dirtylaundry

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