Greenpeace welcomes Levi's promise to eschew toxins
Central News Agency
2012-12-14 09:13 PM
Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Levi Strauss & Co. (Levi's), one of the world's largest jeans brands, has committed to toxin-free production, Greenpeace's Taiwan branch said Friday. Levi's is the 11th international clothing brand to have made "credible commitments" to the "Detox" campaign launched by Greenpeace last year that calls for industries around the world to refrain from releasing toxic chemicals into waterways, said the independent organization devoted to environmental protection. Greenpeace said that after examining the waste water released from Levi's contract manufacturing factories in China and Mexico earlier this year, it found the existence of many different kinds of toxic chemicals, including nonyl phenol polyoxythylene ether (NPE), a hormone-disrupting substance. During the checks, the people living close to the factories complained that they are the "prophets of fashion" because "they can tell the global fashion colors for the next season just by looking at the color of the river water in their villages," Greenpeace said. Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who support the Greenpeace campaign and have voiced their demands for Levi's to become toxin-free after learning about the company's links to water pollution, Levi's has joined other world-renowned clothing brands Nike, Adidas, Puma, H&M, C&A, Li-Ning, Marks & Spencer, Zara, Mango and Esprit, that have already committed themselves to Detox, Greenpeace said. (By Yang Shu-ming and Elizabeth Hsu)
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