Traces of toxic chemicals that could affect the reproductive organs of living beings have been detected in products of fourteen major garment manufacturers, Greenpeace said Tuesday in Beijing.
Among the brands in question by the NGOs of the environment include Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, Ning Li, H & M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse, and Ralph Lauren.
Greenpeace bought in 18 samples of these brands of clothing, including manufactured in China, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. She then submitted the textile analysis.
"Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) were detected in 2 / 3 of these samples," said in a press conference in Beijing Li Yifang, presenting the report "Dirty Laundry 2 (Dirty Laundry)."
Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) are chemicals widely used as detergents in many industrial processes and in the production of natural and synthetic textiles. Poured down the drain, they break down into nonylphenol (NP), a highly toxic byproduct.
"Nonylphenol is a hormone disruptor," said Ms. Li, noting that it could contaminate the food chain and accumulates in living organisms, threatening their fertility, reproductive system and growth.
"It’s not just a problem for developing countries that manufacture textiles," insisted Li Yifang. "Given that residual amounts of NPEs are released when the clothes are washed, they insinuate themselves in countries where their use is forbidden."
According to the NGO WWF, such substances can mimic natural estrogen hormones are involved in the “feminization” seen in many male fish in Europe and in the disruption of sexual development in mammals.
To mark the release of the report, Greenpeace activists dressed as football referees broke Tuesday in an Adidas store in Hong Kong, handing out yellow cards calling the brand to eliminate harmful substances from its products.
Last month, Greenpeace released “Dirty Laundry”, a previous report that showed how suppliers of large textile groups poisoned water of some rivers with their Chinese chemical releases.
Following this publication, brands Puma and Nike have agreed to eliminate their entire manufacturing process toxic chemical by 2020.
In contrast Adidas merely a “vague statement without any obligation on his part”, says Li
Anybody knows where I could find the complete list of the brands that are touched by this?