Protecting China’s environment despite the baggage of global production networks. Global Times leverages Greenpeace to make a point on polluting brand names.
At a Greenpeace early report published in November 20, it stated some 20 well-known fashion brands including Abercrombie & Fitch, adidas, Benetton, Bestseller, C&A, Coop, Esprit, Gap, G Star Raw, Guess, H&M, Levi Strauss, Limited Brands, Metersbonwe, Nike, PPR, PVH, Uniqlo, VFC, WalMart, and Zara (Inditex) had used similar harmful substances in their clothing manufacturing, traces of it which could be found on their products.
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Polluting brand names
By Liu Dong in Shaoxing and Hangzhou
Source – Global Times, published December 10, 2012
Several models, wearing trousers made by global fashion leaders alleged to have been using harmful substances in their clothing process, are set up outside a sewage drain exit at the estuary of Hangzhou Bay on December 4. Photo: Courtesy of Greenpeace
It seems to be an endless fight for 44-year-old villager Wei Dongying. Having been fighting against the water pollution discharged from a nearby industrial zone for years, she now says she is giving up.
“It has been almost 20 years. The pollution is still there. What can we do? What’s the use of appealing to them about environment protection? How many decades does one person have?” Wei asked.
Wei lives in a small county in the Xiaoshan district of Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, one of China’s most economically developed areas. She said the pollution began around 1997 when Nanyang Chemical Industry Zone, one of the earliest industry parks in Zhejiang Province, was established near her village. “Then everything changed as the air, soil and water all became polluted,” she said.
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