Applaud Clothing Company for Going Toxin-Free

Target: Zara, one of the world’s largest clothing companies.

Goal: Commend Zara for pledging to achieve zero discharges of hazardous chemicals from their supply chain and products by 2020.

The Greenpeace Detox Campaign launched in July 2011 with the sole purpose of exposing the direct links between top clothing companies, their suppliers, and toxic water pollution. Since the campaign’s kickoff, monumental progress has been made—eight international clothing brands have made the commitment to eliminate the release of hazardous chemicals from their products as well as their supply chains. Nike, Adidas, H&M, Puma, Li-Ning, C&A, and most recently Zara, have all taken the pledge to become toxic-free by 2020.

Investigations have found residues of an assortment of hazardous chemicals in clothing made by 20 of the top international clothing brands, including Zara. These chemicals are toxic both to the health of humans and the environment. Chemicals used in the clothing construction process end up in public waterways, polluting rivers and lakes that are fundamental resources for life all around the world. Millions of people rely on this water for drinking and farming, yet the textile industry—one of the world’s biggest polluters—continues to mistreat these public water sources. Approximately one third of the population in China does not have access to safe, uncontaminated water. The use of these harsh substances and its affect on our environment needs to be recognized in order for nontoxic alternatives to be found.

In addition to committing to become toxic-free by 2020, Zara has pledged to publicly release information from 100 of their suppliers concerning their release of hazardous chemicals into the environment. Zara has taken a step towards a cleaner environment by taking the pledge to be toxic-free, and by releasing this information regarding the amount of chemical discharge they will raise awareness on the severity of the issue. This in turn will lead the public to begin demanding the truth about what our clothing companies are putting in our waterways, and how we can find safer alternatives. Applaud Zara for taking action towards a cleaner environment.

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Dear Zara,

I would like to thank you for committing to become toxic-free by 2020.

The textile industry has become one of the world’s biggest polluters. By using hazardous chemicals in the clothing construction process as well as in the final product, top brands are polluting waterways. Water is a vital resource for all life forms; however, millions of people do not have access to this necessity because of the discharge of chemicals from clothing supply chains and products.

By committing to achieve zero chemical discharge by 2020, as well as agreeing to publicly announce information from suppliers regarding their precise release of chemicals, Zara has taken a big step towards a cleaner environment. While there are still many global clothing brands that have not made the commitment yet, by taking this pledge Zara is raising awareness on the severity of this issue. This will lead to more and more clothing brands making the commitment.

Thank you for pledging to find safer alternatives and taking a step towards clean waterways and a cleaner environment.


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  1. It’s about time for awareness about this and the laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer strips we use to wash them, which are also toxic.

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