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Silent witnesses to the toxic truth

Blog entry by Muyi Yang | 2012-12-25

At Greenpeace we believe in bearing witness to environmental crimes. In shining a global spotlight on injustice. In the positivity of action. A year ago we set out to investigate the discharges flowing into the Qiantang River in...

Now is OUR time. Tell Levi’s to Detox!

Blog entry by Tommy Crawford | 2012-12-11

An activist pastes a poster reading: 'Make Fashion Without Pollution' onto a Levi's store in central Hong Kong. © Clement Tang / Greenpeace This was originally posted on Greenpeace International on December 7, 2012.  Wow. We...

Time for big brands to stop hiding in the toxic crowd

Blog entry by Laura Kenyon | 2012-12-06

Halogenated anilines and perfluorinated chemicals are two things you’ve probably never heard of before. In addition to being mouthfuls to pronounce, both are toxic chemicals that are harmful to the environment and life, both in water...

Zara are you listening?

Blog entry by EoinD | 2012-11-27

Activists dressed as 'revolting mannequins' in Taipei, through street theatre demand Zara 'Detox' now. © Steven Vigar / Greenpeace Did you know that Zara store managers report back to their headquarters every day about what's...

Zara: Fast fashion, slow to Detox

Blog entry by Tommy Crawford | 2012-11-27

This post originally appeared on Greenpeace International, November 22, 2012. Our campaign calling upon Zara to “Detox” began just over 48 hours ago. Already over 200,000 concerned customers, activists and fashionistas have...

The toxic tale behind your clothing

Blog entry by Yifang Li | 2012-11-23

What are you wearing today? Touch it. Go on. What does it feel like? Yes, you're touching a piece of clothing. You're touching a type of fabric. You're touching a fashion choice. And yet, there's more to it: You're also touching a...

Full marks for Marks & Spencer

Blog entry by Martin Besieux | 2012-10-30

This post originally appeared on Greenpeace International,  October 24, 2012. Encouraging a fashion behemoth to change the way it produces clothing is no small task. But armed with the facts and the collective power of supporters...

Star in our next video

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-11

Yup, that's a photo of me in the midst of a very staticy-hair day in Beijing, and me slumming it with some nuke cans in our Hong Kong office. I've uploaded these to Instagram as part of Greenpeace's new video for our Detox campaign .

Why is G-Star Raw trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes?

Blog entry by Ilze Smit | 2012-06-14

Last week Greenpeace activists and supporters around the world, from South Africa to Hong Kong (pictured above), have been busy pasting huge ‘ Detox posters’ on the windows of their local G-Star Raw stores. The reason: G-Star Raw...

Revealed! The fashion industry's dirty little secret

Blog entry by Tommy Crawford | 2012-03-22

Image © Greenpeace / Alex Yallop Behind the beautiful advertising, the catwalk glamour and the perfectly manicured nails lies a world that those inside the industry do not want you to see, and definitely don't want you to talk...

Hangover cure for the textiles industry: a step-by-step detox plan

Blog entry by Martin Hojsik | 2012-02-10

2011 saw six of the world's biggest clothing brands commit to the elimination of hazardous chemicals and begin to Detox  - all thanks to the power of the people. Pressure is now mounting on those who have yet to commit; they must stop...

Chinese Greenpeace activists go undercover to expose factory toxic pollution

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-01-11

Last year Greenpeace toxics team went undercover to infiltrate factories that were releasing hazardous chemicals into China's waterways. Campaigner Zhang Kai looks back on the challenges and successes of the Detox  campaign, a...

Art of Activism: strategies used to change the Chinese textile industry

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-11-22

Stage 1: Testing and releasing the report This is a story that begins at two textile factories in China that were discharging a range of hazardous and hormone-disrupting chemicals into the Yangtze and Pearl River deltas. After...

Li Ning commit to elimination of all toxic chemicals by 2020

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-11-22 1 comment

Big news! The Chinese sportswear brand Li Ning have committed to the elimination of all hazardous chemical discharges from across its supply chain by 2020.  This follows our global campaign ' Detox ' that began with testing at two...

H&M to disclose hazardous chemical discharge reports, factory by factory

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-10-27

Swedish "fast fashion" brand H&M have recently made public their " restricted substance list ", the first step in a process to make more transparent their production processes, including use of hazardous chemicals. This follows our...

Hong Kong: Bringing banners into boardrooms

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-08-24 2 comments

When it comes to being guilty of using toxic chemicals, sports brand Li Ning isn't alone. A recent Greenpeace report has revealed that at least 14 global brands sell clothes containing the hormone-distrupting toxic chemical...

Versace: enough lies! We want fashion we can be proud of

Blog entry by Chiara Campione | 2014-02-20

Milan Fashion Week is a circus of beauty and style - the stage on which the fashion world brings its dreams to life. This year, however, Greenpeace Italy opened proceedings with drama of a different kind: climbers unveiled a 100 sq...

Dolce&Gabbana, stop selling us toxic lies

Blog entry by Gabriele Salari | 2014-02-23

One week ago we opened Milan Fashion Week in style - revealing the toxic truth behind luxury fashion. As the highlight of the fashion calendar; the glamorous catwalk shows organised by brands like Dolce&Gabbana, from Milan to Paris,...

The King's decree: toxic-free fashion for all

Blog entry by Cecilia Preite Martinez & Nina Lesikhina | 2014-02-24

One week ago today, Greenpeace joined the little King to reveal the ugly truth behind the glamour and glitz of luxury fashion - that brands like Louis Vuitton, Versace and Dolce&Gabbana are polluting our rivers by using hazardous...

GAP: 971 days without Detox

Blog entry by Rose Lai and Ashov Birry | 2014-03-10

Last Friday, GAP officially opened its first ever store here in Taiwan. Not wanting to miss out on the party, we decided to mark the occasion by giving GAP a little reminder of its unresolved toxic problems. As the ribbon was cut at...

8 Reasons to Detox our Water

Blog entry by Robin Perkins | 2014-03-26

Last weekend marked the 21st World Water Day - a moment to celebrate the precious water that pours from our taps, runs in our rivers and sustains all life here on earth. It was also a timely reminder that this scarce and essential...

Why shop when you can swap?

Blog entry by Ieva Vilimaviciute | 2014-04-24

Thinking about freshening up your wardrobe before the summer? Forget shopping – it’s time for a clothes swap! Whether you are a green-dressing fashionista concerned about fashion’s footprint or just simply love shopping, clothes...

Apple takes first steps to Detox its manufacturing supply chain

Blog entry by Yixiu Wu | 2014-08-18

China is often referred to as the world's factory; manufacturing more than half of all the computers and mobile phones produced worldwide. Living in China and working for Greenpeace, I have seen first-hand the destructive impacts this...

Pushing brands to detox: another domino has fallen

Blog entry by Xiaozhou Zhang | 2016-09-28

Like any other environmentalist, what drives me is a true belief in the idea of positive change through action. That if we work together, we can make the world a better place. While some changes are small and personal, and the effects...

Why we’re mapping China’s hazardous chemicals facilities

Blog entry by Cheng Qian | 2016-09-21

China’s chemicals industry appears occasionally in the news, but we tend to only hear about it in extreme cases, when footage of enormous explosions circulate around the world , or hundreds of children fall sick . These...

How Lenovo scored in our Greener Electronics Guide

Feature Story | 2011-11-08 at 18:59 2 comments

Do you own any Lenovo products, or planning to buy any? The company recently landed themselves on Greenpeace's 'Greener Electronics Guide'. Greenpeace's Guide ranks electronics companies on their environmental performance in three areas: use of...

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...

Is anywhere safe from hazardous chemicals? Seven expeditions will find out…

Blog entry by amcgurk | 2015-06-05

If you had to name one place in the world you think is free from the reach of pollution, where would it be? The Alps? Mount Everest?  Some forms of pollution can be seen with the naked eye, but there are other more insidious forms...

Up, up and away? It’s not that easy when you live in the shadow of a lead mine.

Blog entry by ada kong | 2015-06-10

This is 7 year old Yang Zhiyi. She lives in Jinding Town, Yunnan province. In September 2008, her blood was tested and found to contain elevated levels of lead. And she’s not the only one.   Jinding Town is located in one of...

Searching for Shangri-la: Rules for surviving 5,000m above sea level

Blog entry by Yuting Lei | 2015-07-28

When we set out on our mission to the Haba Snow Mountain, I had no idea how tough the conditions we were about to endure would be. At an altitude of 4000m above sea level, we practically had to relearn how to walk and even crawl as we...

Searching for Shangri La: Conscientious Villagers and Our Duty

Blog entry by Lei Yuting | 2015-08-06

The Greenpeace Expedition to the Haba Snow Mountain had a mission to determine whether human activities leave their traces in even the most unspoiled and untouched areas of the world. We were searching for the unseeable, the...

Think Tianjin’s bad? There’s been more than one chemical explosion in China this year

Blog entry by Yixiu Wu | 2015-08-18

About a week ago, on a late Wednesday night, a sight of almost Armageddon proportions confronted the residents of Tianjin. Whether they witnessed the red and orange blaze shooting up to the sky from their apartment windows; or whether...

How we responded to the crisis that was Tianjin

Blog entry by Eric Liu | 2015-08-31

On Wednesday 12 August, Tianjin’s Binhai port area was rocked by two enormous chemical explosions. Greenpeace Beijing immediately went to the scene to test, check and measure. Here’s what they found.   It was like a scene...

How we took bearing witness to new heights...

Blog entry by Ada Kong | 2015-06-11

At Greenpeace, we try hard to stay ahead of the curve and keep an eye out for new technologies that will help spread our message. Here in Mainland China, typical Greenpeace large-scale stunts are out of bounds, so we have to think of...

After Tianjin, families struggle to piece their lives back together

Blog entry by Qian Cheng | 2015-12-24

Just before midnight on August 12 2015, two blasts ripped through the Binhai New Area port of Tianjin. The blasts were so powerful that they could be seen from space and terrifying footage of the explosions was circulated...

China releases Tianjin report, but questions are left unanswered

Blog entry by Cheng Qian | 2016-02-06

Just two days before the lunar new year, China’s largest holiday, the Chinese government finally released its investigative report into the causes of the Tianjin blasts which rocked the Binhai port district of Tianjin in August last...

Friday Five: Toxic waste in the spotlight and China's Environmental Tsar

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-03-11

Friday  round up highlighting the environmental news and commentary of the week. Have China’s Carbon Emissions Already Peaked? [Guardian] A new report from LSE’s Grantham Institute made a splash this week by suggesting...

Fast fashion is “drowning” the world. We need a Fashion Revolution!

Blog entry by Shuk-Wah Chung | 2016-04-21

“Nothing to wear?” Well here’s something to think about: Every piece of clothing we buy has had an impact on our planet before we even bring it home. That’s before you step out of the door, walk down the street, and spot that...

Is China’s new plan to tackle soil pollution too little, too late?

Blog entry by Ada Kong & Wang Jing | 2016-06-03

China's soil pollution problem is already so extreme that 1/5 of farmland is unfit for use. A new action plan to tackle the problem has been released, but without immediate, binding legislation, its impact will be severely limited. ...

Which fashion brands are going toxic-free?

Blog entry by Kirsten Brodde | 2016-07-05

It was a massive step when Adidas, Puma and Nike promised to go toxic-free by 2020. But when we turned our attention to other companies, the rest of the industry put up resistance. “It’s not feasible what Greenpeace wants us to do...

Which country is most likely to repair their electronic gadgets?

Blog entry by Chih An Lee | 2016-08-15

What happens when your mobile phone dies? Which country is most likely to recycle? And do people repair their phones or just simply throw them away? We did the research to find out… Believe it or not, the humble smartphone...

China’s ‘toxic’ school was just the tip of the iceberg: our entire chemicals...

Blog entry by Cheng Qian | 2016-04-29

A case of sudden mass illness at a middle school in Jiangsu Province threw China’s hazardous chemicals industry into the spotlight last week. However, this wasn’t an isolated incident, but a symptom of China’s widespread and...

Microbeads: How did companies respond?

Blog entry by Taehyun Park | 2016-08-25

Back in July, Greenpeace East Asia ranked 30 global companies to see how they measured in terms of their commitment to phasing out microbeads – the tiny terrors that are often found in shower gels and facial scrubs, and are known...

Will 4.3 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones end up in the trash?

Blog entry by Jude Lee | 2016-11-01

Right now Samsung is considering dumping 4.3 million brand new Galaxy Note 7 phones following nearly  100 cases of exploding phones around the world . That is equivalent to almost 730,000 kilograms of hi-spec technology! While Samsung...

Singles Day is a disaster for our pockets, and the planet

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-11-10

Last year, China’s biggest shopping festival saw 125,000 orders processed every minute over 24 hours. This year promises to be even bigger... and that’s bad news for the environment.   What began as a tongue-in cheek poke at...

Friday Five: Return of the Milu deer and toxic pork

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-07-01

Image: Creative Commons/ Peter O'Connor  China’s smog knocks 2 years off life expectancy [SCMP] A IEA released report on global health implications of air pollution has estimated that smog in China reduces life...

Airpocalypse hits Beijing... and breaks devastating new records

Blog entry by Zhang Kai | 2014-10-11 2 comments

Usually it's only locals that have to suffer through Beijing's notorious air pollution. But as records in air quality are smashed, celebrities and sport stars in town this week are forced to power through as well.  Mariah Carey, top...

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...

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...

Paying the ultimate price for living in the heart of the textiles industry

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2013-01-01

Li Bairong and his family live in Shaoxing, an area that has been severely affected by pollution. The Shaoxing Binhai Industrial Zone specialises in textile and dyeing, assuming more than a third of China’s dying and printing capacity...

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