A new investigative report from Greenpeace, ‘Dirty Laundry’, profiles the problem of toxic water pollution resulting from the release of hazardous chemicals by the textile industry in China.
By Raz Godelnik
August 12th, 2011
About a month ago, Puma, one of the world’s leading clothing brands, was asked by Reuters if the company would end its business relationship with Yonguor Textile of China. This question was raised after Greenpeace published a report profiling the problem of toxic water pollution resulting from the release of hazardous chemicals by textile factories in China such as Yonguor. Puma’s response was that it only used Yonguor only for cutting, sewing and finishing, so the answer is no. Two weeks later Puma changed in mind.
Puma didn’t decide to completely end its relationship with Yonguor, but it did decide to take responsibility. In a statement Puma released on July 26th, the company said it recognizes the urgent need for reducing and eliminating industrial releases of all hazardous chemicals and is committed to “eliminate the discharges of all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures that are associated with the making and using of PUMA products by 2020.”