Blog: Toxics

Puma leaps ahead of Nike and Adidas in Detox Challenge

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 27 July 2011 at 11:38am - Comments
Activists in Bangkok streaked for an international action of over 600 people in
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Activists in Bangkok streaked for an international action of over 600 people in 29 cities in 10 countries

By Eoin from our International office:  Hats off to Puma, the third largest sportswear company in the world, for publicly committing today to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals from its entire product lifecycle and across its whole supply chain by 2020.

From China's Toxics team: Fishing Near An Emissions Pipe

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 19 July 2011 at 9:56am - Comments
Greenpeace protestors bring attention to pipes pumping toxics into China's river
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Greenpeace activists protest at pipes pumping toxics into rivers

Sean of our East Asia Action and Investigations Unit in China, blogs on how toxic pollution from China's textile industry is destroying local lives - from his first hand experience.

From our China team: how to lose a foot on fieldwork

Posted by Louise Edge — 14 July 2011 at 10:52am - Comments
Zhong Yu during the clean-up of the Dalian oil spill
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Zhong Yu during the clean-up of the Dalian oil spill

Zhong Yu has worked for Greenpeace in China for over seven years and has witnessed some of the most devastating environmental disasters there from rapid glacier retreat on the Himalayas, the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to last summer’s devastating Dalian oil spill. Here, she writes about the undercover research behind our latest report, which exposes the terrible impact that China’s growing textile industry is having on the country’s rivers.

Nike & Adidas: time to Detox the world’s water

Posted by Louise Edge — 13 July 2011 at 12:25pm - Comments
Detox: which big sports brands will ditch toxic polluters first?
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Detox: which brand will eliminate all toxic chemicals from their supply chain first?

Game on, Nike and Adidas. Greenpeace is calling you out to see which one of you is stronger on the flats, quicker on the breaks, turns faster and plays harder at a game we’re calling Detox. Who’ll be the first to take action and eliminate hazardous chemical discharges from their supply chain? Who will be the champion of a toxic-free future?

Hidden Consequences: The unseen price of water pollution

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 26 May 2011 at 3:07pm - Comments
A boy walks barefoot in the wastewater discharge of a fabric dyeing factory in G
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A boy walks barefoot in the wastewater discharge of a fabric dyeing factory in Guangdong Province, China.

Martin Hojsik, leader of the Toxics Water Pollution Project at Greenpeace International, writes on the concealed costs of pollution - on people, planet and profits.   

Tests find ‘gender-bending’ chemicals in toxic toys

Posted by Tamara Stark — 20 May 2011 at 1:30pm - Comments
Toxic toys: tests in China reveal hazardous chemicals
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Tests in China reveal hazardous chemicals in children's products

China: a land of vast expanses, the largest population of any on the planet and, increasingly, an economic super-power rivaling that of the United States. It’s predicted that this year will see China surpass the US as the largest manufacturing centre in the world.

Deepwater Horizon - One Year On

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 21 April 2011 at 5:25pm - Comments
Scientist Charles Messing in Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, Gulf of Mexico
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Scientist Charles Messing in Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. 11 rig workers were killed and 16 injured in the initial explosion. And, after nearly 5 million barrels of oil spewed in to the ocean for five months, the long term effects on the Gulf of Mexico are still being uncovered.

The BP Oil Spill: One Year Later - a video on the US report

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 21 April 2011 at 9:25am - Comments
The BP Oil Spill: One Year Later -  a video on the US report
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The BP Oil Spill: One Year Later - a video on the US report

Yesterday marked one year since BP's Deepwater Horizon explosion, what Obama called "the worst environmental disaster the US has ever faced".

The polluted secret behind jeans and bras

Posted by Louise Edge — 10 February 2011 at 5:28pm - Comments

Yesterday the Guardian featured a series of pictures showing the appalling impact that China’s growing textile industry is having on the Pearl River delta.

Greener TV gives Philips a boost in our latest electronics guide

Posted by jossc — 26 October 2010 at 10:36am - Comments

Philips have made progress in the latest version of our Guide to Greener Electronics - released today. The company's new Econova TV is the first on the market to be free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs), putting it well ahead of other TV manufacurers.

The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and the climate impacts of their operations. There's also a detailed reports on each company's performance.

So just how green are big names such as Nokia, Microsoft, Sony and HP?

See full guide on our international site to find out »

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