When you shop for clothes you don’t tend to think about the pollution caused by their manufacture. Sadly, according to Greenpeace some brands, notably Gap and Calvin Klein, have knowingly been polluting waterways around the world with harmful chemicals in the production of their clothes.
The chemicals associated with the manufacture of textiles are harmful to both people and the environment. Affecting both humans and animals, some of these chemicals are known as ‘hormone disruptors’, causing cancer, birth defects and developmental problems, whilst others can affect the reproductive system.
In response to this, Greenpeace have created their Detox Fashion Manifesto – which calls on clothing manufacturers and suppliers to green their operations and stop polluting rivers and watercourses, after a 2011 report critically examined China’s textile manufacturing industry.
Since 2011 fifteen global brands havesigned up to the campaign – including Nike, Adidas, Puma, H&M, Marks and Spencer, Zara, Mango, Levi’s, Uniqlo and Benetton.
You can sign the Dextox Fashion Manifesto here to show clothes manufacturers that we the consumers like our clothes clean and green.
Are you in?
*image c/o Greenpeace