‘Some of the big brands with the failure to eradicate gifkleding’

Environmental organization Greenpeace has published a onderzoekwaaruit shows that kledingketens often dangerous chemicals used during production. Of nineteen examined major clothing brands, there are only three that are on course with the studio to create their chain.

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Only Inditex (Zara), Benneton and H&M are on track in the studio making their production chain. Brands that do evil, Esprit, Nike, Victoria’s Secret and LiNing, argues Greenpeace. “We are pleased that H&M, Zara and Benneton to take the lead and set a new standard introduce when it comes to toxic-free clothing,” says Kirsten Brodde, head of the Detox My Fashion-campaign of Greenpeace Germany. “These companies prove that the cleaner the clothing industry as possible, both for large as well as medium-sized companies.”

Sixteen of the nineteen surveyed brands contend with transparantieproblemen or do according to the environmental organization too little to the use of toxic chemicals to ban for 2020. Greenpeace rated the companies on eliminating harmful chemicals from the clothes and the production processes, the release of information about pollution and the public to create a list of suppliers.


While Victoria’s Secret, Esprit, Nike and LiNing the lowest score, falling twelve brands in the middle. Adidas, Burberry, Levi’s, Primark and Puma will work to eliminate dangerous chemical substances, but have a list of important substances, such as perfluorinated compounds and solvents, such as dimethylformamide (DMF) are missing.

Companies like C&A, Fast Retailing, G-Star, Mango, and Miroglio score higher in the middencategorie, due to better management of chemicals and greater transparency. “An important step forward this year is that the companies involved really give in their supply chain,” says Brodde.

Drinkwatervervuiling China

Greenpeace wants the campaign to completely eliminate the use of harmful chemicals in 2020. These chemicals are during the production of clothing and discharged into the environment and out in the drinking water in China.

Water combat is becoming increasingly more urgent, especially in countries which have many textile production, such as China. More than 80 percent of the groundwater is not safe to drink. Four-fifths of the drinking water sources in China is not safe as a result of pollution, an analysis which this year was published by the Chinese ministry of Water.


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