Retail giant M&S eliminate hazardous chemicals from clothing

Retail giant M&S to eliminate hazardous chemicals from clothing

10:10 AM, 25th October 2012
Retail giant M&S to eliminate hazardous chemicals from clothing

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: Fashion retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) has made a breakthrough commitment to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout their entire supply chain and products by 2020, in response to the Greenpeace “Detox” campaign.

As part of this commitment, M&S has taken an important step to phase out all perfluorinated compounds’ (PFC) by no later than 1 July 2016, acknowledging that the entire chemical group, which is used in stain and water resistant clothing, is hazardous. M&S is the seventh brand to commit to eliminate releases of all hazardous chemicals throughout the supply chain and products.

“This commitment from M&S sets a new benchmark and they join H&M in showing real leadership on the issue of toxic water pollution. The onus is now on other brands to step up and take ambitious action to Detox that matches the urgency of the situation,” said Martin Hojsik, Coordinator at Greenpeace International, Detox Campaign.

“As a significant user of PFCs, M&S’s move to eliminate this chemical group entirely sends a clear message to the textile industry that it is time to phase out this hazardous and hormone disrupting group of chemicals and replace it with safe alternatives. The same needs to also happen with all other hazardous chemicals. We welcome M&S’s commitment to eliminate releases of hazardous chemicals more transparently and will be following the implementation in China closely,” said Hojsik.

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