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.

The latest updates

 

Good news for Chinese kids: new toy safety standards

Blog entry by Selena Du | 2013-08-02

While one baby in particular has grabbed global headlines recently, on the other side of the world comes a fantastic piece of news for parents from Beijing to Buckingham Palace. On July 1, China notified the World Trade Organisation...

World Water Day: 10 facts you ought to know

Blog entry by Ma Tianjie | 2013-03-22 2 comments

We live on a wet planet, and without that water we would not be able to survive. But in places like China where I live, industries such as textile facilities are pumping a nasty cocktail of toxic chemicals into our water – you only...

Capturing poverty and death in China's polluted cancer villages

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-03-13

In 2010 Chinese journalist Deng Fei published a Google Map that highlighted some of the country's many 'cancer villages' - a name bestowed to hot-spots of unusually high numbers of cancer victims. Such villages are often blighted...

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...

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