Thank Clothing Manufacturer for Discontinuing Use of Toxic Chemicals

Target: Benetton Group

Goal: Thank Benetton for discontinuing the use of toxic chemicals in garment production

The Benetton Group is a powerful, high profile clothing manufacturer headquartered in Ponzano Veneto, Italy. The group owns stores located all over the world and maintains control over brands such as Sisley, Playlife and most famously, the United Colors of Benetton. Recently, the Benetton Group committed to phasing out all toxic chemicals used in the production of its clothing. Instead, the company will invest in developing environmentally-friendly substitutes that will pose fewer health and environmental risks.

Chemicals used in clothing production are serious hazards that affect both humans and the environment. Every day, toxic compounds used to dye and clean jeans, t-shirts, jacket, skirts, and other garments leak from the factory and contaminate local rivers, ground water, and crops. Since most garment production facilities are located in third world countries, environmental laws that could curtail or prevent the runoff are not properly enforced. Therefore, pollution caused by these toxic chemicals goes unregulated, poisoning trees, animals, and local people.

Furthermore, clothing chemicals are dangerous for those who wear the garments. Chemical residue remains on clothing fabric long after the garment has been washed. Those substances are then absorbed into the body through the skin, wreaking havoc on the endocrine system and, in some extreme cases, causing cancer.

Thankfully, many clothing companies are moving away from these unsafe chemicals. Benetton’s commitment to phase out the use of toxic substances demonstrates that the industry is changing. Soon, all garments will be produced using only natural dyes and cleansing substances, preserving the planet and the health of the consumer. Thank the Benetton Group for this wonderful decision.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Benetton Group,

Thank you very much for your commitment to discontinue the use of toxic chemicals in garment production. This decision will not only protect the health and safety of the environment, but your customers as well.

As I’m sure you know, chemicals used to make clothes do not remain within factory walls. The substances leak into the environment and contaminate rivers, soil, and groundwater. This pollution poisons trees, animals, and local people, causing great suffering and even death.

Furthermore, clothing chemicals are dangerous for those who wear the garments. Chemical residue remains on clothing fabric long after the garment has been washed. Those substances are then absorbed into the body through the skin, causing hormone disruptions and, in some extreme cases, even cancer.

In all likelihood, polluting the planet and risking the lives of consumers are not your company’s goals. By discontinuing the use of toxic substances in garment production, you are committed to creating healthier, safer clothing for everyone. With any luck, other companies will follow your lead and the world will soon be rid of these toxic chemicals.

Again, thank you for your decision.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: hoodwatch via Flickr

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