Greenpeace has found traces of toxic chemicals which are harmful to the environment in everyday products sold in American stores by 14 top manufacturers. Various articles of clothes from top brands like, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren were discovered to be infected with chemicals known as nanylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). This substance is used as a detergent in industries including the production of natural and synthetic textiles. Greenpeace campaigner Li Yifang stated that, “NPEs break down to form nanylphenol which is known to have toxic, persistent and hormone-disruptive properties”.
This toxic chemical mimics the female hormone and can alter sexual development and affect the reproductive system. Components of NPE have been implicated in the widespread “feminization” of make fish in certain areas of Europe. The clothes that Greenpeace bought to do the testing came primarily from poor countries from 18 countries around the world including the orient like Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, China and other countries like Honduras. Although residual levels of NPEs are released when clothes are washed they are actually and stealthily moving into countries where such use is banned, in most of Europe.
Not only the clothes that are being made are infected with these hazardous chemical but also the waste-water from factories that run by villages and contaminate the crops and the people. Eight samples of waste-water from two factories in the Yangtze and Pearl River deltas, which is identified as suppliers for the famous brands, contained a “cocktail of hazardous chemicals”, Greenpeace workers stated.
The thought that this is not being regulated is scary and overwhelming. And after repeated complaints from reputable organizations like Greenpeace and reports like this some of the famous brands have begun to slowly eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals in their products and hope to be rid of it by the year 2020, we hope. One of my questions concerning this is what do the children of the CEO’s of these companies wear?