Greenpeace launches Detox Catwalk, an online guide to toxic-free fashion

Trendsetters named, fashion fakes shamed

Press release - October 31, 2013
Manila/Beijing, October 31, 2013 – Greenpeace International today released its Detox Catwalk (1), an interactive online platform assessing the progress made by major clothing companies towards a toxic-free future.

The Detox Catwalk reveals sportswear giants Nike, adidas and Li Ning as “Greenwashers” or fashion fakes that have failed to follow through on their commitments to clean up their toxic habits. The Catwalk shows that these companies continue to hide their collective inaction behind paper promises and industry working groups, while competitors such as UNIQLO, H&M and Mango are pushing forward with concrete action towards their Detox goals.

“Greenwashers like Nike and adidas would do well to look to Detox Trendsetters such as Mango and UNIQLO that are responding to the urgency of the global water crisis. These leaders are already working to lead a transparency revolution in their supply chains and eliminate the worst chemicals from their products and production processes,” said Ilze Smit, Detox Campaigner at Greenpeace International. “It is ironic that the same companies that tell us “Impossible is nothing” and to “Just do it”, are the ones that have failed to take any real action to bring about a toxic-free future,” added Smit.

The Detox Catwalk assesses how committed companies have performed against key criteria; these include how they are working to eliminate known hazardous chemicals from their products and processes, and what steps they are taking towards full supply chain transparency. While some have taken the lead over the past 24 months, uploading discharge data onto the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs platform (2) and working to eliminate the priority hazardous chemicals (3), others have continued to hide behind ineffective industry groups, failing to take concrete, individual action, despite their public commitments.

“Nike and adidas are popular among Filipinos. These brands pride themselves as fashion conscious companies and yet they fail to walk the talk when it comes to detoxing their production lines,” said Abigail Aguilar, Toxics Campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia. “We encourage Filipinos to be more discerning consumers and demand that these brands take real action to come clean."

The Detox Catwalk also exposes how companies like Gap Inc. – who, despite Greenpeace International’s investigation exposing their links to toxic scandals (4) - is yet to make a credible Detox commitment.

Greenpeace International’s Detox campaign demands fashion brands to commit to zero discharge of all hazardous chemicals by 2020 and require their suppliers to disclose all releases of toxic chemicals from their facilities to communities at the site of the water pollution.

For more information, please contact:

Abigail Aguilar
Toxics Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Email: Mobile: 09178584610

Therese Salvador
Media Officer, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Email: Mobile: 0917-6603444
(2) Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs
(4) Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch-Up Report