Adidas, H & M, Converse … 14 international brands are involved in the Greenpeace report, released yesterday in Beijing. The NGO found that traces of toxic chemicals, which may affect the reproductive organs of living beings, were detected in these major clothing manufacturers.
Adidas, Uniqlo, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Converse, H & M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein and Li Ning listed signs pinned by the Greenpeace report. For its investigation, the NGO environmental groups in 18 countries bought samples of these brands of clothing, it was then subjected to analysis. “Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) were detected in two thirds of these samples,” revealed Li Yifang, presenting the report Dirty Laundry (laundry) 2 at a press conference in Beijing. NPE Why are they dangerous?
Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) are a class of chemicals commonly used as “detergent” and cleaning products in many industrial processes. They are also used in the production of pulp paper, natural and synthetic textiles, and leather.
Most NPEs are discharged into the sewers where they break down into nonylphenol (NP), an extremely toxic by-product. Seeping into the food chain, then the NP accumulates in living organisms, threatening their fertility, reproductive system and growth. “Nonylphenol is an endocrine disruptors,” Ms. Li reminds us
A hormone disruptor dangerous to all
Clothing brands are manufactured implicated most often in developing countries (China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Philippines), you could imagine away in Europe. Corrects a mistake quickly Li Yifang, “Since residual amounts of NPEs are released when the clothes are washed, they insinuate themselves in countries where their use is forbidden.”