Chemicals pledge from majors

Adidas has pledged to eliminate the release of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain, following Nike and Puma’s  lead and timeframes.

While acknowledging it is a “ very challenging task”, Adidas committed to eliminate the discharges across its entire supply chain and product life cycle by 2020, just weeks after a Greenpeace report linked Adidas and other apparel brands to suppliers releasing pollution into Chinese rivers.

Greenpeace is reported to be talking with other clothing brands including Lacoste, G-Star Raw, Uniqlo and Chinese sports brand Li Ning to stop industrial pollution.

Since July this year, Greenpeace International has been campaigning to drive change, calling for the zero discharge of all hazardous and persistent chemicals at all points in global supply chains:  from cotton fields to the mills and dye houses that make the yarn, fabric and the garment production.

In China alone, there are an estimated 50,000 textile mills and hundreds of chemicals suppliers.

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