Blog: Toxics

Buzz killers: UK blocking bee-killing pesticide ban

Posted by Graham Thompson — 25 April 2013 at 12:47pm - Comments
Bumblebee on a flower
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You don't have to be Einstein to work here...

In a shock to the scientific community, neonicotinoids, - or neurotoxic agricultural insecticides - have been shown in laboratory tests to cause brain damage in bees.

Actually, it wasn’t that much of a shock. There’s never been any doubt over the potential of these chemicals to harm bees - the recent controversy has been over dosage.

Valentino proves that 'green' is the new 'black'

Posted by Richardg — 8 February 2013 at 2:03pm - Comments
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At the start of November, we threw down the gauntlet to 15 top Italian and French luxury fashion brands. We challenged them to clean up their products by agreeing not to use toxic chemicals and to ensure their leather and packaging wasn't causing deforestation.

Zara commits to go toxic-free

Posted by petespeller — 29 November 2012 at 11:38am - Comments

Zara, the world’s largest clothing retailer, today announced a commitment to go toxic-free following nine days of intense public pressure. This win belongs to the fashion-lovers, activists, bloggers and denizens of social media. This is people power in action.

The toxic tale behind your clothing

Posted by Yifang Li — 23 November 2012 at 11:40am - Comments
Detox models
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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.

Marks & Spencer takes toxic chemicals out of clothing

Posted by Martin Besieux — 24 October 2012 at 5:11pm - Comments
Marks & Spencer
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This isn't just detox, it's M&S detox

Encouraging a fashion behemoth to change the way it produces clothing is no small task. But armed with the facts and the collective power of supporters like you, we are able to achieve the sort of success story we are announcing today.

Which is that Marks & Spencer has committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire supply chain and products by 2020.

How one company is getting away with a human and environmental tragedy

Posted by marietta_harjono — 25 September 2012 at 11:11am - Comments
The ship used by Trafigura to dump waste in the West African town of Abidjan, Iv
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The ship used by Trafigura to dump waste in the West African town of Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Six years ago a multinational company bought large amounts of unrefined gasoline in the US and refined it through an industrial process called caustic washing onboard a ship, the Probo Koala, in the Mediterranean Sea.

How big brands are making consumers unwitting accomplices in the toxic water cycle

Posted by hayley.baker — 20 March 2012 at 3:43pm - Comments
Clothing and the Global Toxic Cycle - 300 dpi
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Clothing and the global toxic cycle

Water is essential for life, but it is also the world's most threatened essential resource. It is imperative that solutions are found to stop poisoning the precious resources we have left with hazardous chemicals.

C&A and Li-Ning join new road towards toxic-free fashion

Posted by hayley.baker — 23 November 2011 at 11:23am - Comments
Shoppers outside C&A store in Amsterdam
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Shoppers outside of an Amsterdam C&A store

International fast-fashion retailer C&A has just joined with China’s biggest sportswear company, Li-Ning, and Adidas, Nike, Puma and H&M to launch a Joint Roadmap to begin tackling the fashion industry’s toxic pollution problem.

This year our Detox campaign exposed the direct link between global clothing brands, their suppliers, and toxic water pollution around the world. The Joint Roadmap is an important step forward, and a reminder of what public pressure can achieve.

Tesco must end their pesticide habit

Posted by mollybrooks — 15 November 2011 at 4:10pm - Comments
Presenting a letter to Tesco HQ in Beijing
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Fruit and vegetables sold by Tesco in China carry illegal levels of pesticides

Evan Brooks blogs about Greenpeace East Asia’s investigation into pesticides on Tesco produce.

After three years of independent testing, produce sold at Tesco supermarkets in China continues to show levels of pesticides far above the legal limit. When is Tesco going to wake up and smell the chemically-doused produce?

Top spot goes to HP in our latest Guide to Greener Electronics

Posted by Eoin D — 9 November 2011 at 11:46am - Comments
Guide to Greener Electronics Nov 2011
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Guide to Greener Electronics Nov 2011

We've just released a new version of the Guide to Greener Electronics. This time ranking 15 gadget and electronics companies on energy, greener products and sustainable operations. HP takes the lead at 5.9 out of a possible 10 points, followed by Dell, Nokia and Apple.

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