The text below is collected from Greenpeace
Challenge Nike and adidas to cut the chemicals and detox our water: Vote below the video click on “lay down the challenge”
“During recent investigations, we identified several major international clothing brands, including the sports giants Adidas and Nike, supplied by factories in China that are releasing toxic chemicals into major rivers.
Clean freshwater is one of our most precious and most threatened natural resources. In China as much as 70 percent of rivers, lakes and reservoirs are polluted. Many chemicals released from textile factories threaten human health and the environment. Some of these chemicals can cause cancer while others may disrupt hormone systems. And they don’t break down in the environment but build up in the bodies of animals and contaminate human food chains.
Like any of the champion athletes and superstars sponsored by Nike and Adidas – who at times have stumbled, suffered setbacks and faced difficult decisions – these companies now have a choice. They can see this challenge as an obstacle and try to ignore it – or they can use it as an opportunity to come back stronger than ever before, and work with their all of their suppliers to eliminate the release of toxic chemicals into our water.
Nike and adidas are in the best position to score a major goal against hazardous water pollution. Who do you think will rise to the challenge?
As much as 70 percent of China’s rivers, lakes and reservoirs are affected by water pollution. During our recent investigations, Greenpeace identified links between a number of major clothing brands and textile factories in China that are releasing hazardous chemicals into our rivers.
These chemicals are a serious threat to human health and the environment. Some are known hormone disruptors, whilst others can affect the reproductive system. Many of them don’t break down in the environment, but instead build up in the bodies of animals and humans.
They can also be found far beyond their original source, transported in our oceans, atmosphere and food chains. High levels of certain hazardous chemicals have even been found in polar bears!
The problem is not just a cause of local concern. This is a global issue and demands a global response.”