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“Toxic Textiles” Report Finds Many Top US Apparel Retailers Coming Up Short
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new report from national nonprofit Green America provides a company-by-company scorecard on the policy and actions of top US retailers on chemical management, sustainability and transparency. The new Toxic Textiles report reviewing 14 major US-based corporations shows much room for improvement across the sector on transparency, chemical, waste and water management, and workplace conditions.
The report includes a primer on the impacts of clothing throughout the supply chain and examines the social and environmental policies of major American apparel firms. Key findings include:
?Consumers want sustainable clothing, and the market is responding,? said Caroline Chen, Green America?s social justice campaigns manager. ?But too often, many of the promises we hear from conventional companies are token sustainability initiatives that are band-aids to one small part of the problem, or empty platitudes without a plan to achieve real change. Sustainability shouldn?t just be a marketing trend.?
?For too long, companies have focused on blaming consumers as the primary driver of environmental and social degradation,? said Todd Larsen, Green America?s executive co-director. ?And while it is important for consumers to adjust our shopping habits, it is also important for companies to start taking responsibility of the role they play in these issues, starting with the massive amounts of chemicals used in the industry.?
Key industry impacts include:
In May 2019, Green America started a campaign calling on Carter?s, the owner of OshKosh B?gosh and Skip Hop, to publicly adopt a strong and transparent chemical management policy, starting by implementing a public Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) and issuing public updates as the company phases out the most dangerous chemicals.
ABOUT GREEN AMERICA
Green America is the nation?s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today?s social and environmental problems. http://www.GreenAmerica.org
» Publication Date: 23/07/2019
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