Filipinos put the pressure on Adidas to Detox

Greenpeace calling to clean up production for World Cup merchandise

Press release - May 31, 2014
Manila, Philippines-– To remind Adidas of its environmental responsibility, Greenpeace activists were mobilized worldwide and took action in more than 35 cities. In Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico and Germany, banners with the message “The dirty secret of Adidas. DETOX NOW!” were unfurled in front of Adidas stores and in public areas. Other Detox activities were recently held in China, South Korea and Mexico.

Greenpeace said Adidas earns billions with the World Cup and yet doesn’t keep its promise to detox its clothes. In a recent Greenpeace report [1], contaminants like perfluorinated chemicals (PFC) and solvents like dimethylformamid (DMF) have been detected in Adidas World Cup merchandise like the goalkeeper gloves, including the brand’s iconic ‘Predator’ football boots which were found to contain very high levels of toxic PFC at 14 times the company’s own restriction limits.

“Adidas is known for its design innovation and great marketing campaigns. They are the biggest sponsor of the upcoming World Cup but unfortunately, they are far from being champions of the game by refusing to eliminate toxic substances from their supply chain,” said Abigail Aguilar, Detox Campaigner for Greenpeace Philippines. “Football should be played clean. We urge Adidas to support the movement acting to keep the game beautiful and go all-in for Detox.”

Greenpeace launches biggest La-Ola wave in the world

Earlier this week, Greenpeace launched the world’s largest digital La-Ola wave in order to push Adidas to maximum performance. Sports fans worldwide were encouraged to participate using a smartphone app to record their own wave and spread it online. Greenpeace will put all the individual bits together in order to flood the sports article producer with the protest of their consumers and their fans. “Adidas finally needs to go in the offense, instead of hiding behind empty promises,” said Manfred Santen, Detox Campaigner from Greenpeace Germany.

With the international Detox campaign, Greenpeace urges textile manufacturers to replace toxic chemicals with environmentally friendly alternatives. Greenpeace tests have shown that since 2011, chemicals coming from textile mills pollute scarce drinking water in southern manufacturing countries. Adidas, Nike and Puma were the first to commit to toxic-free production three years ago. The current Greenpeace tests showed that the promised steps are much too timid.  Greenpeace is calling on brands like Adidas and Nike to take effective steps to follow through on their commitment to achieve zero discharges of hazardous chemicals by 2020.



Abigail Aguilar
Detox Campaigner for Greenpeace Philippines
Mobile: 0917-8106693

Therese Salvador
Media Campaigner for Greenpeace Philippines
Mobile: 0917-6603444


[1]  A red card for sportswear brands, Greenpeace, 2014. Available on: or  

[2] PFOA is a poly/perfluorinated chemical that can produce adverse impacts on the   development stage and into adulthood; This is partly to its properties that produce hormonal disorders and impact on the reproductive and immune systems.


[1] Photos available for download. Please contact Simon Lim in Beijing, China for Asia (Tel: M: +86-139 1118 1393) or Conny Boettger in Germany (Tel. +49 40-30618377)

[2] Report “A Red Card for sportswear brands”: or   

[3] Photo set for report:

[4] Clipreel for report: (for preview) and (for download)

[5] Petition: 

[6] Mobilisation-Video: Join the #DetoxWave: