Fashion companies like Zara are using toxic chemicals to make their clothes
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 story. Because every piece of clothing – in your wardrobe, in my wardrobe, in everyone's wardrobe – has a story.
Fast results in fast fashion: you persuaded H&M to publish its restricted substances list
Tommy Crawford, communications manager on the Detox campaign, reveals the latest success story in getting clothing brands to ditch toxic chemicals.
As fashion-lovers around the world ponder over which clothes to add
to their Christmas wishlists, news about a different list linked to the
fashion industry has got the Detox team here buzzing. I’m
talking about H&M’s Restricted Substance List, a detailed version of which appeared for the first time on the company’s website this month.
Posted by Tamara Stark — 26 September 2011 at 2:51pm
As you’ve heard, we’re now seeing a growing wave of clothing
companies committing to eliminate toxic chemicals from their production
processes. Four major clothing brands have recently come onboard and we’re
certain that more companies – and perhaps other industries – will soon stop
using hazardous chemicals that currently contaminate the world’s waterways and
Wastewater discharged from a denim washing factory in Xintang, Zengcheng, China
Clothing giant H&M has responded to a torrent of tweets, Facebook
updates, and Detox sticker actions last week with a public commitment to
Detox. Hazardous chemicals are out. Transparency and transformational
change are in.
70% of China's rivers and lakes are now dangerously polluted: manufacturing industry being the main cause
a skeleton in H&M's closet. The fast-fashion retailer sells clothes
made with chemicals which cause hazardous water pollution around the
world, and the only way to stop this water pollution is to come clean
and stop using such chemicals for good. As one of the largest clothing
groups in the world, a H&M committed to a toxic-free future would
set a trend for the rest of the fashion industry to follow.
Dirty Laundry: Clothing and the Global Toxic Cycle
latest research reveals that the
clothes you are wearing may contain nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) - chemicals that are effectively banned in clothing manufacturing in Europe - which can break down in water to form nonylphenol (NP), a
toxic, persistent and hormone-disrupting substance. 52 out of 78 garments
from 14 global clothing, brands sold in the UK and the continent, tested positive for NPEs, including four
Greenpeace activists hang up banners at Adidas store in Helsinki
Within hours of Nike's
announcement on 18 August to champion a toxic-free future,
Greenpeace activists in cities around the world headed to their nearest
Adidas store with huge Detox stickers to rebrand the shop windows and
Nike commits to champion a toxic-free future. Can Adidas top that?
The world's number one sportswear brand, Nike, has accepted our Detox challenge:
today it has officially committed to eliminating all hazardous chemicals
across its entire supply chain, and the entire life-cycle of its
products by 2020. This is a major win for our campaign to protect the
planet’s precious water, and create a toxic-free future.
Girls sort scrap fabric in a family workshop in Gurao, China where the economy is centered on textile production.
In the second half of our tips on greening your wardrobe - to help you clean up your clothing inspired by our Detox campaign - we look at saying no to child labour, questioning distressed denim, avoiding greenwash, spring cleaning, speaking out and spreading the word.