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Detox My Fashion

Who’s on the path to toxic-free fashion?

Global fast fashion brands are churning out more clothes than the planet can handle. Today’s trends are tomorrow’s trash, with our clothes made cheaply and disposed of quickly. It’s time to redress the balance, challenge the throwaway mentality and invest in quality over quantity.

Why this matters

For decades, companies have chosen to use nature, and in particular our rivers and oceans, as a dumping ground for hazardous chemicals. Communities living near textile manufacturing facilities face water pollution as a daily reality. Regulations have not always prevented the release of toxic chemicals into the environment, particularly in the Global South. That’s why we need companies to commit to end the release of chemicals to stop tarnishing our rivers, lakes, lands, oceans and people.

The problem

If the fashion industry has the power to influence trends, then it also has the power to play a positive role in protecting the planet. Since July 2011, Greenpeace has secured commitments from international brands, retailers and suppliers to eliminate hazardous chemicals, including help to trigger policy changes in Europe and Asia. Eliminating toxic chemicals is just the start. From fast fashion to textile waste, we need the global textile industry to be a true ‘trend setter’, and take a stand on the environmental and human impact of fashion.

Residents along the Tullahan river noted a multi-coloured effluent in the river water, rocks and banks. Several industries, such as paper, pen and dye factories, are located upstream from this site. © Gigie Cruz-Sy / Greenpeac
Greenpeace Detox Fashion Report


Official Document: Greenpeace

Date: July 12th 2018



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