Fashion brands make positive strides towards detoxing supply chains

12 April 2015

Some 10 per cent of the global retail fashion industry is now committed to eliminating toxic chemicals from supply chains, according to Greenpeace.

In an update of its Detox Catwalk campaign, which charts the progress by 18 companies, Greenpeace East Asia has listed their achievements and commitments over the past four years.

The companies represent 10 per cent of the $1.7 trillion dollar apparel and footwear industry, the environmental campaign group said.

Brands including Adidas, Benetton and Limited Brands, the parent company of Victoria's Secret, were praised for ensuring data on hazardous chemicals in their supply chains is published on the global online platform IPE.

C&A and H&M are among brands that have eliminated PFCs, while Levi Strauss, Mango, and Marks and Spencer are among fashion companies working towards the elimination of APEOs and phthalates in their supply chain.

However, Nike and Li-Ning were criticised for not doing enough to ‘detox’.

In a blog on the Greenpeace website, Yixiu Wu, a detox campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia, said: “From factories cleaning up their wastewater, through to massive sports brands talking about a paradigm shift – the #PeoplePowered Detox campaign is having a big impact right along the supply chain.

“Our campaigners from the EU, Mexico, Indonesia, Philippines and China are starting to see the slow wheels of policy and legislation creak into action.”

Greenpeace said there was still work to do to tackle water pollution, claiming that 64 per cent of urban underground water in China was seriously polluted and that in Indonesia, 80 per cent of water pollution in the capital’s main river comes from the textile industry.

Full Greenpeace ranking

'Detox leaders'

• Adidas, Benetton, Burberry, C&A, Espirit, G-Star Raw, H&M, Inditex, Levi Strauss, Limited Brands, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Puma, Fast Retailing, Valentino

'Greenwashers'

• Li-Ning, Nike

'Detox losers'

• Giorgio Armani, Bestseller, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gap, Hermès, LVMH, Metersbonwe, Phillips-Van Heusen, Vancl, Versace

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