Toxic chemicals found in top branded clothing o_0

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Greenpeace finds toxic chemicals in branded clothing

Traces of toxic chemicals harmful to the environment and to human health have been detected in products made by 14 top clothing manufacturers, Greenpeace said Tuesday.

Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren were found to be tainted with the chemicals, known as nonylphenol ethoxylates, the watchdog said at the launch of its report "Dirty Laundry 2".

Greenpeace campaigner Li Yifang said that nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), commonly used as detergents in industries including the production of natural and synthetic textiles, were detected in two-thirds of the samples the group tested.

"NPEs break down to form nonylphenol, which has toxic, persistent and hormone-disrupting properties," Li told journalists in Beijing.

"It mimics female hormones, alters sexual development and affects reproductive systems."

Components of NPEs have been implicated in the widespread "feminisation" of male fish in parts of Europe and also in disrupting hormone processes in some mammals, according to the campaign group WWF.

Greenpeace said it purchased 78 branded clothing samples - mostly made in China, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines - from 18 countries around the world and subjected them to scientific analysis.

"Even at low levels, it represents a big threat to the environment and human health," Li said.

"This is not just a problem for the developing countries where textiles are made.

"Since residual levels of NPEs are released when clothes are washed, they are in effect creeping into countries where their use is banned."

Use of the chemicals is restricted in Europe.

As the report was released, activists stormed a flagship Adidas store in Hong Kong, demanding that the store eliminate hazardous chemicals in their products and urging would-be customers to "rethink".

Adidas also came under fire in separate Greenpeace report, "Dirty Laundry", released last month, which accused the manufacturers of well-known textile brands of polluting major rivers in China with chemical waste.

About a dozen Greenpeace activists dressed as referees created a stir as they descended on one of Adidas' busiest shops in the southern Chinese city.

They handed out campaign leaflets to customers while handing warning yellow cards to store staff, cautioning the brand to "play clean".

Eight samples of wastewater from two factories in the Yangtze and Pearl River deltas, identified as suppliers for the brands, contained "a cocktail of hazardous chemicals", the group said in last month's report.

Nike and Puma have since pledged since then to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals in their products by 2020, but Adidas has not, according to Greenpeace spokeswoman Vivien Yau.

Adidas Hong Kong did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But the company has previously said it used the Youngor Group - one of the accused suppliers - for garment cutting and sewing only, not to source fabrics, but had also asked Youngor to investigate Greenpeace's claims.

It added that it had a comprehensive policy on avoiding dangerous substances.

However, Yau said: "As the second biggest player in the sportswear industry, Adidas has an obligation to detoxify its global supply chain.

"So far, the brand has done nothing despite repeated requests from us. This is really unacceptable."
 
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Sometimes I wonder about how much of what greenpeace says is true and how much of it is whistleblowing before i fall asleep
 
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Originally Posted by kilojules64

Sometimes I wonder about how much of what greenpeace says is true and how much of it is whistleblowing before i fall asleep

Whisteblowing indicates the truth so... how much is true and how much is truth?
 
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Originally Posted by Will0827

top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren
wearing some of these as I type this...
 

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damn what is safe out here? Cancer is going to be the downfall for humans!!
 
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Has anyone else taken note of the proliferation of these "gender bending" chemicals in our society?

I've read reports of them in our water system and our foods... now clothes.

If these claims are indeed factual, it would really explain a lot...
 
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I'm not suprised...most new clothes do smell like chemicals...Isn't this why it's recommended to wash garments before wearing them?
 
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Originally Posted by Will0827





Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren

"It mimics female hormones,

Components of NPEs have been implicated in the widespread "feminisation" of male fish
So this explains why so many flamboyant gay men wear these brands????
Before you bash my comment, think about it!!!!
 
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Originally Posted by JOE CAMEL SMOOTH


made in italy > made in china

Seems like all my made in France/Italy clothes lack the deficiencies of these Chinese and 3rd world made clothes...
 
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Originally Posted by finnns2003

Originally Posted by JOE CAMEL SMOOTH


made in italy > made in china

Seems like all my made in France/Italy clothes lack the deficiencies of these Chinese and 3rd world made clothes...
Originally Posted by Will0827


Use of the chemicals is restricted in Europe.
thank god
plus clothing made in france, italy, japan, usa, etc. tends to be a lot better quality and look/fit much better anyway
 
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Originally Posted by JOE CAMEL SMOOTH

Originally Posted by finnns2003

Originally Posted by JOE CAMEL SMOOTH


made in italy > made in china

Seems like all my made in France/Italy clothes lack the deficiencies of these Chinese and 3rd world made clothes...
Originally Posted by Will0827


Use of the chemicals is restricted in Europe.
thank god
plus clothing made in france, italy, japan, usa, etc. tends to be a lot better quality and look/fit much better anyway
Agreed. This RL sport coat I am looking at is Made in Italy, tailored as well. You don't find stuff like this from China, Thailand, etc. Funny that RL's Purple Label stuff isn't made in the same spots as their regular lines.
 
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