UK: Primark joins hazardous chemical pledge
Primark has agreed to eliminate all hazardous chemicals in its supply chain
Primark has become the latest retailer to commit to the elimination of hazardous chemicals from all its products and across its production processes by 2020.
Primark will also require its suppliers to upload data on hazardous chemical discharges via a publicly accessible platform.
According to environmental organisation Greenpeace, which has campaigned for a cleaner clothing supply chain, this will give people living near these facilities in manufacturing centres like China the right to know what is being discharged into their environment.
"This commitment is great news for Primark's customers, its workers and the local communities affected by toxic-water pollution," said Ilze Smit, Greenpeace detox campaigner.
"It is now up to Primark to ensure these promises are translated into concrete actions."
A recent Greenpeace investigation found potentially hazardous chemicals in children's clothes and shoes made by brands including Burberry, Adidas and Disney. Burberry has since committed to the elimination of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain.
Other companies who have already committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) in their supply chains include major retail, sportswear and luxury brands such as Adidas, C&A, Esprit, G-Star Raw, H&M, Inditex, Jack Wolfskin, Levi Strauss, Li Ning, M&S, New Balance, Nike, and Puma.
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