Detox hat-trick: Adidas joins Nike and Puma in ditching toxic chemicals

Posted by Eoin D — 31 August 2011 at 11:34am - Comments
Adidas is given the yellow card in Hong Kong for the use of toxic chemicals in t
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Adidas has agreed to play clean and has committed to removing toxic chemicals from its products

Adidas is going toxic-free, the company has just announced!

This is great news for our environment, rivers, and the millions of people in China and elsewhere who depend on rivers for drinking water and agriculture. Without the help of Greenpeace supporters and activists to challenge Nike, Adidas and other would-be champions to lead the way, this decisive victory would have taken much longer to achieve, so thank you for all your help.

The world's top three sportswear brands - Nike, Puma and Adidas - have now committed publicly to eliminate all discharges of hazardous chemicals throughout their supply chain and across the entire lifecycle of their products by 2020.

Importantly, Adidas's commitment to ‘zero discharge’ of hazardous chemicals means that the world's three leading sportswear companies have recognised that there is no such thing as a 'safe limit' when it comes these substances. This is a significant shift for the companies.

It's also a milestone for our campaign to stop industry poisoning our water with hazardous, persistent and hormone-disrupting chemicals.

There's movement among those trailing behind, too. Since news of the tainted clothing has spread internationally in the fashion and business media, Lacoste, G-Star Raw, Uniqlo and Chinese sports brand Li Ning have begun to engage. Our campaigners will begin talks with them in the coming weeks to turn their initial engagement into strong and binding individual commitments for a future free from toxic chemicals.

As part of its commitment, Adidas has included some very specific and immediate actions, including a plan to phase out nonylphenol ethoxylates and a commitment to work with all tiers of their supply chain.

Crucially, Adidas has also agreed to further promote the principle of the ‘right to know’, ensuring full transparency about the chemicals being released from its suppliers' factories, facility by facility, year by year. It has also explicitly stated its commitment to developing a cross-industry approach in addition to its own individual implementation plan. The company has promised to deliver its action plan within seven weeks.

With these commitments, Nike, Adidas and Puma have broken away from the other big name clothing brands listed in our Dirty Laundry 2 report, such as H&M and Abercrombie and Fitch. In the coming weeks, we will be watching closely to ensure that the sportswear leaders turn their words into actions and provide a concrete and ambitious implementation plan.

To everyone who has taken part to make the Detox campaign work this far - thank you! There's still a long way to go, but with your support we are winning.

Amazing! This campaign has worked so well and acheived so much. This is what can actully be done if people are made aware of the wrongs and take action to right them.

What I want to know is what health hazzards are we inflicting upon ourselves, personally, by wearing this clothing.  This is number 1 on my concern list........


when first I read about nikes statement about 2020 I thought it seemed overly long-term. or is it just realistic? I have no idea, have they released any concrete plans that you can follow through the years?

seems that so many long-term promises end up being forgotten by the time theyre supposed to come sweden we voted in 1980 to have zero nuclear power in 2010, and you can guess what happened there...swedens government owned vattenfall is one of the worst power companies in the world and no-one (except greenpeace) seems to have a problem with it. hurray for democracy.

not to mention all the power companies (presumably empty) promises to have clean energy by like 2030...never gonna happen. its just something to say to the media and in commercials, and then you retire and its someone elses problem...

I mean, the water is going bad fairly quickly. as is the ocean. who knows what state itll be in in 9 years.

hopefully these sport brands will be for real and work quickly.

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Good to see the big players are finally joining suite and doing the right thing!
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