Puma commits to clean up its act & starts on the road to detox its "Dirty Laundry"

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33 people whipped off their clothes in Chatuchak market, Bangkok, challenging global sportswear giants to eliminate hazardous chemical releases from their supply chain and become champions for a toxic-free future. © Athit Perawongmetha / Greenpeace

In response to a challenge from Greenpeace to detox its supply chain, Puma, the world’s third-largest sportswear brand, has publicly committed to the elimination of all releases of hazardous chemicals from its entire product lifecycle, and across its global supply chain by 2020.

This puts Puma ahead of its competitors Nike and Adidas in the race for a toxic-free fashion future. The company has stated that it will publish an action plan with eight weeks.

Puma’s move comes less than two weeks after Greenpeace launched its “Dirty Laundry” report, which identifies commercial links between major clothing brands, including Nike, Adidas and Puma, and suppliers responsible for releasing hazardous and hormone-disrupting chemicals into Chinese rivers.

Coordinator of the Toxic Water campaign at Greenpeace International, Martin Hojsik, said. “It’s not enough for Nike and Adidas to follow Puma’s lead – Greenpeace is calling on all three companies to show leadership by becoming more transparent about the hazardous chemicals currently released during the manufacture of their products”.

You can view the Detox video, find ways to take your own action and sign the petition at www.greenpeace.org/detox

Puma’s statement incorporates many elements determined by Greenpeace as crucial to bringing about systematic change within the textile industry:

  • a precautionary approach to chemicals management,
  • a clear timeline for reaching zero discharge, and
  • the elimination of all discharges of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain and product lifecycle – including those coming from polluting production activities such as wet processing.

Dirty Laundry
A year-long Greenpeace investigation into toxic water pollution in China found links between a number of major clothing companies, including Adidas and Nike, and suppliers in China who were found to be discharging persistent and bioaccumulative hormone disruptors into Chinese rivers.

The findings from the research provide a snapshot of the kind of toxic chemicals that are being released by the textile industry into waterways all over the world, and are indicative of a much wider problem that is having serious and far-reaching consequences for people and wildlife.

To read the executive summary or full “Dirty Laundry” report see www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/reports/Dirty-Laundry/

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