Major brands set to execute promises to detoxify their clothes

Press release - 2011-11-22
Beijing – Greenpeace yesterday lauded a plan published by international clothing companies Adidas, H&M, Nike and Puma that sets out to realistically execute promises made earlier in the year for the elimination of all releases of hazardous substances from their products by 2020.

Greenpeace also praised moves by Chinese sportswear company Li-Ning and fast fashion retailer C&A to make similar promises in the past week and join the other four brands in implementing the same plan.

Several Chinese brands have been asked to commit to this detoxifying their products, but Li-Ning is the first.

"Having Li-Ning on board is a huge signal to the rest of the country," said toxics campaigner Zhang Kai. "There's no doubt that Li-Ning has set a clear precedent for all other Chinese companies to follow."

The plan signed by the six companies outlines details on the development of tools to monitor the release of hazardous chemicals, their intended and future use of environmentally friendlychemicals, and projects for eliminating highly toxic chemicals that currently go into the making of their products.

"Now that fashion leaders have sketched out their designs for a toxic-free future, they need to transform these into ready-to-wear collections that will bring about large-scale change in the fashion sector," Zhang said. "Toxic water pollution is an urgent problem for millions of people. So, there's plenty of work still to do for all of these brands."

Greenpeace challenges the six companies to respond with more urgency to the problem of toxic water pollution, by publishing shorter and more concrete timelines for the elimination of the most hazardous chemicals.

"We're calling on all of these companies to become more transparent and to provide clear timelines for the disclosure of pollution information," Zhang said. "The public needs to be able to quickly and easily monitor the progress of these six companies as they move towards zero discharges of all hazardous chemicals."

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