Eliminate Toxic Chemicals

Toxic chemical pollution is a real and deadly danger for many people in China. Hundreds of millions of people here lack access to clean drinking water, while many more are drinking contaminated water.

Over the last three decades, China's economic development has transformed the country, replacing fields and forests with thousands of factories.

Though the factories may bring wealth, they also severely pollute China's precious water resources. The widespread dumping of toxic chemicals and industrial wastewater has poisoned rivers and groundwater – and the people who rely on them.

But together we're challenging some of the world's most popular clothing brands to work with their suppliers and eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals into our water. Learn more about our internationally acclaimed Detox campaign.

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Documenting China's 'cancer villages': from Jiangsu to Yunnan

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-02-27 1 comment

Last week we heard, for the first time, the Chinese government acknowledge the existence of ‘cancer villages’ .  When our campaigner Mariah Zhao went to visit one such village in China's Jiangsu province, back in 2009, here is...

China acknowledges 'cancer villages', unveils breakthrough chemical plan

Press release | 2013-02-26 at 6:30

Greenpeace hailed China’s commitment to clean up chemical pollution with a breakthrough chemical management plan that acknowledges for the first time the existence of ‘cancer villages’ and will blacklist 58 chemicals and have an elimination...

G-Star aims high with a commitment to Detox

Blog entry by Ilze Smit | 2013-02-14

This was originally posted on Greenpeace International on January 31, 2013. Sometimes the longest struggles can be the most rewarding. After ten months of #PeoplePowered activities and behind-the-scenes haggling, G-Star has...

Benetton shows its true colours and commits to toxic free fashion

Blog entry by Chiara Campione | 2013-02-12

This was originally posted on Greenpeace International on January 16, 2013. It’s about time the Detox campaign  officially landed on the stylish streets of one of the world's most high profile fashion centres. In Italy...

China-EU industry forum on safer chemical substitution

Feature Story | 2013-02-05 at 8:14

Greenpeace East Asia is working with the SUBSPORT project, a LIFE funded project of the European Union jointly conducted by four EU project partners, to organize a forum on chemical substitution.

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