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An early Chinese New Year "gift"

Image | 2014-01-13 at 3:00

We are calling upon the government department to implement a new and crucial chemicals regulation policy in order to combat the toxic pollution of China's waterways. Violation of environmental standards, often by extending discharge pipes into...

Witnessed by Greenpeace: Southeastern China coastal water blackened by industrial...

Press release | 2014-01-07 at 0:00

Greenpeace has found a huge plume of black water covering an area estimated as 50 Olympic standard swimming pools off the coast in Eastern Shishi City, China, where a discharge pipe of an industrial zone lies under the sea surface. Lab testing...

A Little Story About a Monstrous Mess II

Publication | 2014-01-07 at 0:00

Greenpeace has witnessed and documented a huge, black plume of wastewater, on the surface of the sea neighboring China's Wubao Dyeing Industrial Zone, which is estimated to cover an area equal to 50 Olympic swimming pools and was easily spotted...

A Chinese worker in a toxic industry

Image | 2014-01-06 at 3:30

A Chinese worker sews part of a jacket at a clothing factory located in Shishi city of Fujian Province. Greenpeace launched a study to investigate the hazardous and toxic residues in children's clothing. Clothing from Zhili Town of Huzhou City in...

2014

Hub | 2014-01-01 at 18:08

2014 Toxic Feature Stories

The year that was 2013 around the world

Feature Story | 2013-12-31 at 20:00

With your help, Greenpeace has not only reached around the globe to push policy and take direct action, but we have engaged the imagination of a world - a world which is not happy with business as usual and demands a sustainable future. From...

A toxic industry threatens China's children

Image | 2013-12-23 at 6:00 1 comment

At a garment factory, a worker shakes each piece of newly dyed fabric to ensure it hasn't bled through the other side. In 2013, Greenpeace launched a study to investigate the hazardous and toxic residues in children’s clothing. Clothing from...

220 million reasons to detox the fashion industry

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2013-12-19

The following is a excerpt from our latest report:  A Little Story About a Monstrous Mess Children that are under and including 14 years of age in China have exceeded 220 million, accounting for 16.6% of the total population. Such...

Kid's wear made in China carry toxic substances

Press release | 2013-12-17 at 0:00

Beijing - Children’s garments made in China’s biggest kid’s wear manufacturing towns contain hormone disruptors and chemicals that are toxic to the reproductive system, says a Greenpeace East Asia report released today.

A Little Story About a Monstrous Mess

Publication | 2013-12-17 at 0:00

Greenpeace has investigated the hazardous chemical residues present in children’s clothing. A set of 85 clothing items from Zhili Town of Huzhou in Zhejiang Province and Shishi in Fujian Province - two large production bases for children’s...

2014

Hub | 2013-12-07 at 15:34

2014 Toxics Press Releases

Is adidas really "all in" for toxic-free fashion?

Blog entry by Pierre Terras | 2013-11-27

Earlier this month, Greenpeace International released the Detox Catwalk  showing which brands were hot, and which brands were not, when it comes to toxic-free fashion. The Catwalk revealed how early Detox  pioneers, including Nike...

Detox protest at Nike store in Hong Kong

Image | 2013-11-11 at 6:00

Greenpeace East Asia activists hold a 'clean run' at a Nike store in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. The activists unfurl a banner reading ”Don’t Run Dirty, Run Clean”, referring to Nike's position as a Greenwasher on the Detox Catwalk, assessing clothing...

Walking the talk to a toxic-free future

Blog entry by Ieva Vilimaviciute | 2013-11-05

Looking back over the past two years it is incredible to see what we have achieved together. As fashion lovers, shoppers, activists, bloggers, designers and models we united behind a common cause : fashion without pollution. Armed...

Detox proves there's real strength in 'people power'

Video | 2013-10-30 at 6:00

Around the world a growing movement of people are using their creativity, design skills and purchasing power to demand fashion without pollution. United by a shared belief that the clothes we wear should carry a story we can be proud of,...

How people power is shaking up the fashion sector

Blog entry by Ilze Smit | 2013-10-29

Over the past two years the fashion industry has been undergoing a quiet revolution.  I'm not talking about the accelerating pace at which the latest styles fly from the runways to the rails, nor the growth of e-commerce and social...

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...

Would you fish in this river?

Image | 2013-05-20 at 6:00 2 comments

View from Qiantangjiang Dam. Many villagers use this part of the river for fishing and have little choice but to bear the pollution. The pollution is caused by wastewater from the nearby textile industry in Hangzhou, China. Dongying Wei and...

The village activist going up against China's polluters

Image | 2013-04-01 at 3:00

Dongying Wei witnesses pollution from a chemical plant. Dongying Wei and her husband Guantong Shao have been investigating environmental pollution for over a decade. They have reported their findings to the government officials and more than one...

Textile towns in the shadows of pollution

Video | 2013-03-28 at 6:00

"If... we don't say anything, don't pay any attention, what will future generations do? How will they survive in this type of pollution? When our descendants come to pay their respects, they won't thank us. They will say, what were our...

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...

A woman grieves for her departed husband

Image | 2013-03-11 at 6:27

Su Yunxia mourns for her recently departed husband and father of their baby boy. The father Zhang Qiaoliang, 25 years old, died of throat cancer just before the birth of his child. The cluster of paper and chemical factories about 15km upstream...

Chinese cancer victim in polluted Shaoxing

Image | 2013-03-04 at 4:30

Cao Yungen from Sanjiang village is 62 years old and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. The nearby East China Sea is reported as being polluted with persistent toxic chemicals, the major source of which is industrial discharge. The situation...

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...

A life spent on the water

Image | 2013-02-18 at 3:00

Hu Zhenlai has lived on the water all her life. At the end of the ‘80s, she moved with her family from the Hongze Lake in Jiangsu province to catch fish on the Yangtze river. Now her son has followed his father’s footsteps and became a fisherman.

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...

Victoria's secret: from fallen angel to Detox leader?

Blog entry by Tommy Crawford | 2013-02-13

This was originally posted on Greenpeace International on January 22, 2013. Limited Brands – owner of iconic underwear labels Victoria’s Secret and La Senza – has bowed to public pressure and committed to eliminate all hazardous...

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.

Calling for substitution cases: Greenpeace to hold China-EU industry forum on safer...

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2013-02-05

Greenpeace East Asia Beijing office is working with SUBSPORT project, a LIFE funded project of the European Union, to organize a forum on chemical substitution in Hangzhou, China. The forum aims to provide a platform where industry and...

Toxic Threads 2

Publication | 2013-01-23 at 3:00

How textile manufacturers are hiding their toxic trail. A new investigation by Greenpeace International has found a wide range of hazardous substances in the effluent of communal wastewater treatment plants from two industrial zones in China, as...

Uniqlo adds Detox commitment to spring's wardrobe essentials

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky | 2013-01-15

Another fashion brand is Detoxing . Japan's leading international casual wear brand, Uniqlo, begins the new year with a public commitment to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire global supply chain and...

Because of YOU

Standard Page | 2013-01-14 at 10:30

You gave us the power to make such striking successes for the planet in 2012. Greenpeace International Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo, has recorded a special thank you message for you and so we can show you what great wins we made here is our...

Drowning in toxic waste

Video | 2013-01-02 at 3:30

Enough is enough. The world needed to see the environmental destruction that was being caused in the name of "fashion". And who better to bear witness to the crime than a bunch of second-hand mannequins who's CVs included wearing the same type of...

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...

A migrant worker's cottage in Shaoxing

Image | 2012-12-31 at 3:30

Migrant workers live in farmer's cottages within the Binhai Industrial Zone. They pay about 200 RMB per month rent for each room. The area specialises in textile and dyeing and suffers ongoing pollution associated with the textile manufacturing...

How international pressure can change Chinese factories

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-12-27 1 comment

The year kicked off with Mike Daisey's controversial monologue lambasting labor conditions in Chinese factories making Apple products. But it has ended with actual change in an altogether different industry but who too were accused of...

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...

Chinese worker mixing dye in Shaoxing

Image | 2012-12-24 at 2:30

A worker mixes dye in a factory in the Binhai Industrial Zone. He only wears a simplified gas mask. Shaoxing County, in Zhejiang Province, is reported to have more than 9,000 textile mills and 30% of China's dyeing and printing capacity. The...

Detox Fashion

Video | 2012-12-20 at 3:30

Toxic is so last season. They say you can tell next season's hottest trend by looking at the colour of the rivers in China. But it doesn't have to be this way. Around the world, hundreds of thousands of people are calling on brands to make...

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