{ Greenpeace finds toxic chemicals in branded clothing }By Sebastien Blanc (AFP) – 1 day ago

Traces of toxic chemicals harmful to the environment and to human health  have been detected in products made by 14 top clothing manufacturers,  Greenpeace said Tuesday.
Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin  Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph  Lauren were found to be tainted with the chemicals, known as nonylphenol  ethoxylates, the watchdog said at the launch of its report “Dirty  Laundry 2”.
Greenpeace campaigner Li Yifang said that nonylphenol  ethoxylates (NPEs), commonly used as detergents in industries including  the production of natural and synthetic textiles, were detected in  two-thirds of the samples the group tested.
"NPEs break down to  form nonylphenol, which has toxic, persistent and hormone-disrupting  properties,” Li told journalists in Beijing.
“It mimics female hormones, alters sexual development and affects reproductive systems.”


{ GreenPeace: Dirty Laundry 2 }Publication - August 23, 2011

Research commissioned by Greenpeace International has revealed that clothing and certain fabric-based shoes sold internationally by major clothing brands are manufactured using nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). NPEs — which are used as surfactants in textile production — subsequently break down to form toxic nonylphenol (NP). Nonylphenol is a persistent chemical with hormone-disrupting properties that builds up in the food chain, and is hazardous even at very low levels.

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{ Greenpeace finds toxic chemicals in branded clothing }
By Sebastien Blanc (AFP) – 1 day ago

Traces of toxic chemicals harmful to the environment and to human health have been detected in products made by 14 top clothing manufacturers, Greenpeace said Tuesday.

Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren were found to be tainted with the chemicals, known as nonylphenol ethoxylates, the watchdog said at the launch of its report “Dirty Laundry 2”.

Greenpeace campaigner Li Yifang said that nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), commonly used as detergents in industries including the production of natural and synthetic textiles, were detected in two-thirds of the samples the group tested.

"NPEs break down to form nonylphenol, which has toxic, persistent and hormone-disrupting properties,” Li told journalists in Beijing.

It mimics female hormones, alters sexual development and affects reproductive systems.

{ GreenPeace: Dirty Laundry 2 }
Publication - August 23, 2011

Research commissioned by Greenpeace International has revealed that clothing and certain fabric-based shoes sold internationally by major clothing brands are manufactured using nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). NPEs — which are used as surfactants in textile production — subsequently break down to form toxic nonylphenol (NP). Nonylphenol is a persistent chemical with hormone-disrupting properties that builds up in the food chain, and is hazardous even at very low levels.

{ Download the report } (32 pages)

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