Hazardous chemicals found in many outdoor clothing brands

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25 January, 2016

Hazardous and persistent chemicals, dangerous to human health and the environment, have been found in the products of leading outdoor brands. 

Brands like The North Face, Patagonia, Mammut, Columbia and Haglofs keep using PFCs to make their gear waterproof despite their claims of sustainability and a love for nature, a new Greenpeace report has revealed. The report, Leaving Traces: the Hidden Hazardous Chemicals in Outdoor Gear was presented today at a press conference at ISPO Munich, the biggest outdoor trade show in Europe.

Greenpeace reveals challenges ahead for truly Green Gadgets

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3 September, 2014

3rd September, London – As Berlin prepares to host Europe’s biggest consumer technology show on Friday, the IFA 2014 [1], Greenpeace has released a new report measuring the tech giants progress towards greening the  gadgets on display there.

Apple is leading the consumer electronics sector in addressing its environmental footprint, leaping ahead of rivals Samsung, who are failing to match Apple’s leadership.

The Greenpeace International report, Green Gadgets: Designing the future evaluates the progress and future challenges for 16 leading consumer electronics companies on the elimination of hazardous chemicals, reducing their energy footprint and building sustainable supply chains [2].

Greenpeace UK’s head of IT, Andrew Hatton said:

Greenpeace investigation reveals toxic scandal with World Cup merchandise

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Full report “A Red Card for sportswear brands”: Other resources linked at bottom of email.

19 May, 2014

Hamburg, 19 May 2015 – Football merchandise produced by adidas, Nike and Puma ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been found to contain hazardous chemicals according to a new investigation by Greenpeace Germany.

33 items including boots, goalkeeper gloves and the official ‘Brazuca’ ball were tested for a range of substances. adidas’ iconic ‘Predator’ football boots were found to contain very high levels of toxic PFC at 14 times the company’s own restriction limits [1].

In pictures: the toxic truth of your children's clothes

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 20 January 2014 at 11:00am - Comments
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A worker screens a pattern onto children's wear in Huzhou, China

When I look at these shockingly colourful pictures of clothes manufacturing in China, it is a stark reminder that you don’t always know the full story behind the production of your kid's garments.

Toxic chemicals are the little monsters in children's clothing

Posted by Nadia Haiama — 14 January 2014 at 12:07pm - Comments
Burberry bag
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Clothes from brands like Burberry have been found to contain hazardous chemicals

Today we told the world a story, a story about the little monsters in children's clothes and shoes. As the mother of a young daughter, this is one story I had to read and one that revealed a shocking truth about the clothes we buy for our kids.

Our latest investigation has revealed the presence of hazardous chemicals in clothing made by 12 very well known brands; from the iconic kid's label Disney, to sportswear brands like Adidas, and even top-end luxury labels like Burberry.

Burberry bag

Vertical catwalks in Milan as fashion brands get an eco-friendly make-over

Posted by Richardg — 26 February 2013 at 5:48pm - Comments

It's about time that major fashion labels cleaned up their act. They're still using toxic chemicals and buying from companies that are chopping down rainforests.

Valentino proves that 'green' is the new 'black'

Posted by Richardg — 8 February 2013 at 2:03pm - Comments
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At the start of November, we threw down the gauntlet to 15 top Italian and French luxury fashion brands. We challenged them to clean up their products by agreeing not to use toxic chemicals and to ensure their leather and packaging wasn't causing deforestation.

Activists dressed as 'revolting mannequins' in Stockholm, demand Zara 'Detox'

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