31 October 2012

This isn't just detox, it's M&S detox

Marks & Spencer takes toxic chemicals out of clothing

Encouraging a fashion behemoth to change the way it produces clothing is no small task. But armed with the facts and the collective power of supporters like you, we are able to achieve the sort of success story we are announcing today.
Which is that Marks & Spencer has committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire supply chain and products by 2020.
As part of its commitment, M&S has taken an important step to phase out all perfluorocarbons (PFCs) by no later than 1 July 2016, acknowledging that the entire chemical group – which makes clothing stain and water resistant – is hazardous. As a significant user of PFCs, Marks and Spencer’s move to eliminate this entire chemical group sends a clear message to the whole industry, including the chemical companies, that it’s time to phase out this group of chemicals.
Aside from the ban on PFCs, M&S has also reinforced a ban on APEOs (a family of chemicals, some of which are banned in the EU), and has pledged to set timelines to eliminate other priority hazardous chemicals.
In addition to this, the company has promised to become more transparent about what its suppliers are dumping into our water and will start by releasing discharge data from five of their Chinese suppliers. This is an important pilot that they should look to expand to all facilities in the near future, as both the people living near the factories and the brands’ consumers have a right-to-know what is being released into their water.
What’s next?
M&S is now the seventh brand to make a credible commitment to clean up its supply chain and products and eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals, joining Puma, Nike, Adidas, H&M, C&A and Li-Ning. More brands need to respond to the urgency of the situation and take ambitious action to rid the fashion world and our precious water supplies of toxic chemicals.
The black list of 11 hazardous chemical groups that we ask brands to eliminate first is just the beginning. Work needs to be done checking all chemicals used in textile manufacturing, identifying hazardous ones and substituting them with safer alternatives, so their releases into the environment stop. This is a big task even with a deadline of 2020.
We need action now. The textile industry is poisoning waterways around the world with hazardous, persistent and hormone-disrupting chemicals and treating our public waterways like private sewers. M&S has now shown other brands how quickly big brands can actually act. Let’s demand brands to stop stalling and take the Detox challenge!

The latest updates

 

"Prirazlomnaya" Platform is moving in the Pechora Sea

Feature story | 19 August, 2011 at 3:26

According to Gazprom press-service and our colleagues from Bellona-Murmansk, towing of the unfinished oil platform "Prirazlomnaya" began in the Pechora Sea.

Shell: Hundreds of barrels of oil have been spilled to the North Sea. Gazprom is...

Feature story | 16 August, 2011 at 3:48

The largest ecological catastrophe has happened in Great Britain- there has been an oil spill at a Shell platform.

The role of Intergovernmental Organizations regarding the Khimki Forest case

Feature story | 9 August, 2011 at 16:56

The Russian government is planning the construction of a toll speedy motorway between Moscow and St. Petersburg, on the basis of a public-private partnership project (PPP) to be implemented by the French company Vinci and its Russian consortium...

7 Big hydropower station s are planned to be built in Krasnoyarsk region

Feature story | 3 August, 2011 at 3:19

According to the new Scheme of territory planning in Krasnoyarsk region, 7 big HPSs are planned to be built in the Yenisei river basin by the year 2030. In case of construction the total area of waterflooding will reach approximately 2,11 mln...

Much ado about nothing

Feature story | 29 July, 2011 at 3:41

After a recent visit of high guests from UNESCO to Lake Baikal, messages started to appear in media that they allegedly approved further functioning of Baikalsk Paper and Pulp Mill (BPPM). Can it be true?

Environmental risks of investments into Russia

Feature story | 16 June, 2011 at 17:12

Projects of construction of «Altai» gas pipeline as well as of five mountain resorts in the North Caucasian republics threaten to the World Natural Heritage and to the investors’ reputation. Such a statement was made today, at the first working...

French president Sarkozy pushing the destruction of protected nature areas in the...

Feature story | 27 May, 2011 at 19:23

According to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the Russian and French presidents, Dmitry Medvedev and Nicolas Sarkozy, agreed on the 26th of May that France will fully assist in the development of ski and holiday resorts in the North Caucasus.

The Forests with Nuclear Pollution are Now Burning in Chelyabinsk Region

Feature story | 10 May, 2011 at 20:34 1 comment

A large forest fire is burning near Bolshoi Kuyash village. This area suffers from a serious nuclear pollution after a nuclear accident has occurred on “Mayak” plant in Chelyabinsk Region.

The police government of the Moscow region must resign because of lawlessness in Khimki

Feature story | 8 May, 2011 at 15:53

Instead of performing their direct security duties the police of Khimki are managing lawless affairs — arresting and beating the intelligent and law-abiding defenders of the Khimki forest.

No Money to Waste, Rosatom go Renewable!

Image | 20 April, 2011 at 12:43

Greenpeace Russia activists came to the headquarter of the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation "Rosatom" calling the nuclear monopoly to go renewable.

71 - 80 of 1071 results.