The polluted secret behind jeans and bras

Posted by Louise Edge — 10 February 2011 at 5:28pm - Comments

Yesterday the Guardian featured a series of pictures showing the appalling impact that China’s growing textile industry is having on the Pearl River delta.

The photos were taken during a Greenpeace China investigation which found high levels of pollution in the southern industrial towns of Xintang – the "jeans capital of the world" and Gurao, a manufacturing town famous for making bras and underwear.

Water pollution is already one of China’s most severe environmental problems. Not only are the country’s water reserves disappearing fast, but according to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection about 25 per cent of people already drink unsafe water.

Clothing is already one of China’s leading exports and the UK is a significant importer - so it’s partly our consumption that is driving this problem.

With China’s industry and exports increasing rapidly, urgent action is needed to clean up the industry. That’s why this year we'll be intensifying our campaign to expose the companies and industries responsible for polluting China’s rivers.

In the meantime, find out more about the investigation.

Oh great - there's something else not to buy. I am utterly sickened even trying to do my weekly shop, at the supermarket - palm oil in every damn thing (i guess). Now its jeans and undies. Who do these people supply??? Or is it every make of jeans??? Without this knowledge we as consumers cannot change, the consumer demand will go on. This dirty business will continue. The chinese have already polluted the Yangtze river and exterminated the Yangtze River Dolphine some years ago. Whats really good is that if you want a trip to China to see the Pandas, they still offer you a cruise down the Yangzte River - isn't this what led to the River Dolphin's demise??? Its all crap.

      Does seem like everything you do has a negative impact and it's hard to know which way to turn. I do believe that these industries can exist and make the profit that they so desire in a much cleaner way than which they currently operate. Maybe the Governments need to change the buidings that produce all these toxic wastes and the areas in which they operate. If the company can't prove how clean it is then close them down or refuse them licences in the first instant.No more corruption and back-handers,just employ real people with integrity and passion for the environment to police these industries.

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