Adidas Chemical Coalition ‘to Respond to Greenpeace Claims’
Adidas is in talks with competitors, including Nike and Puma, to develop a response to Greenpeaceâ€™s intensifying campaign on chemicals in the supply chain, Business Green reports.
Speaking to BusinessGreen, an Adidas spokeswoman told the website that the company has also had talks with H&M and Pentland, which makes Lacoste shoes, about creating an industry-wide collaboration to develop chemical management programs.
“We believe there needs to be an industry-wide approach and that’s why we’re trying to get together as a group,” she said. “We’ve already had first discussions with other brands and we’ve been in constant dialogue in the last couple of weeks.”
A spokesman for Greenpeace told Business Green the organization welcomed the news, but he urged Adidas to commit to an individual action plan.
The revelation follows last weekâ€™s news that Nike has bowed to pressure from Greenpeace and promised to eliminate all hazardous chemicals across its entire supply chain, and the entire life-cycle of its products, by 2020.
Greenpeace continued its â€śDirty Laundryâ€ť campaign today with the release of a second report.
Today’s report says that Greenpeace has found nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) in clothing from 14 brands: Abercombie & Fitch, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Converse, G-Star RAW, H&M, Kappa, Lacoste, Li Ning, Nike, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Uniqlo and Youngor. These chemicals break down to form nonylphenol, which has toxic, persistent and hormone-disrupting properties, Greenpeace said.
Last month, Greenpeaceâ€™s first Dirty Laundry report accused many of the same companies of importing materials from Yongor Group, a Chinese conglomerate responsible for the pollution of rivers. The report said Yongor, Chinaâ€™s biggest integrated textile firm, was found to be discharging a range of hazardous and persistent chemicals with hormone-disrupting properties.
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