7 Years of Detoxing the Clothing and Textile Sectors, Greenpeace Shows That Fashion Activism Can Work



When Greenpeace investigators sampled the effluent of two large textiles suppliers in China and found that its factories were discharging a wide range of hazardous chemicals including perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and alkylphenols – a chemical banned for use in textile manufacturing in Europe – into local rivers, detoxing the fashion industry became an organisational focus.

Seven years ago Greenpeace launched its global Detox campaign aimed at addressing this widespread use of toxic chemicals in the manufacturing of clothing and textile sector. The campaign urged clothing brands and retailers to phase out hazardous materials to achieve zero discharge of toxic chemicals by 2020 aka the “Detox 2020 plan”.

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