MANGO and ESPRIT Vow to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals by 2020
It seems that the fashion world is facing a sort of witch hunt after Greenpeace’s damning report on fashion brands that use toxic and cancer-causing chemicals in consumer apparel sold throughout the world. Retailer Zara was the first on the chopping block when the report made the headlines. Now, the popular European line has made plans to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by no later than 2020. Others have followed suit.
Enter brands MANGO and ESPRIT who, according to Ecouterre.com, have both agreed to work towards the goal of zero discharge of chemicals like alkylphenol ethoxylates, perfluorinated compounds, phthalates, brominated and chlorinated flame-retardants,AZO dyes, and heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury, and chromium (VI).
“Esprit is beginning to take responsibility for its entire supply chain,” Ada Kong, a Greenpeace campaigner, says in a statement. “[Its] commitment to require 30 of [its] suppliers in China to disclose discharge data by the end of 2013 is a major breakthrough for communities who are forced to share their waterways with industry. If Esprit can commit to disclose pollution data for so many of its suppliers, then why can’t Levi’s—as a self-proclaimed leader—beat this number?”
Let’s hope that these acts of responsible fashion keeps on trending.