Hazardous World Cup merchandise
Football merchandise produced by Adidas, Nike and Puma ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been found to contain hazardous chemicals according to a new investigation by Greenpeace Germany. 33 items including boots, goalkeeper gloves and the official Brazuca ball were tested for a range of substances. Adidas’ iconic Predator football boots were found to contain very high levels of toxic PFC at 14 times the company’s own restriction limits.
Despite the increase in carbon emissions over the last three years, Greenpeace said yesterday that Japanese efforts to reshape the country’s energy mix after the Fukushima Daicchi nuclear reactor meltdowns should serve as a model for the fight against climate change.
Greenpeace Indonesia and local communities in Batang, Central Java, have alleged alarmingly high figures for greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants from a coal-fired power plant being built in the district.
Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL), the second largest pulp and paper company in Indonesia, has been threatened with expulsion from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) – a coalition of some 200 international companies that claim to be committed to sustainability – unless it can demonstrate that it has ended its role in deforestation.
Meet the monsters in my closet
January 15, 2014
In the latest development in its campaign to get apparel brands to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their supply chains, global NGO Greenpeace has released a new report that focuses on children’s clothing. “A Little Story About Monsters In Your Closet” details findings from an investigation into children’s clothing and footwear across a number of major clothing brands, including fast fashion, sportswear and luxury brands.
With the death from last month’s devastating typhoon Yolanda topping 6,000 with another 1,800 still missing and millions displaced, Greenpeace has called on the country to step up its renewable energy efforts, blaming the intensity of the storm squarely on climate change and the burning of fossil fuels.
DyeCoo waterless fabric dyeing machines
December 03, 2013
Far Eastern New Century Corp, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer for global sportswear giant Nike, has installed high-tech equipment which, it is claimed, eliminates the use of water and process chemicals from fabric dyeing. Although not the first plant to deploy equipment from Dutch start-up DyeCoo Textile Systems (that distinction goes to a factory in Thailand), the move is nonetheless a significant development in what Nike describes as a “manufacturing revolution”.
Clear cutting primary forest may be in APP's past
November 01, 2013
Asia Pulp and Paper Group, one of the largest paper producers in the world, is serious about its pledge to end the clearing of natural forests, according to a progress review of the company’s Forest Conservation Policy. Greenpeace International, a long-time critic of APP and the organization that conducted the progress review, is cautiously optimistic and warns that the company’s commitments are likely to stand or fall by the quality of conservation and management recommendations to the company’s senior management.
The calls for legal action against Thailand's largest petrochemical producer have grown louder as tourists have been evacuated from parts of the tourist island of Ko Samet. Bangkok-based Greenpeace Southeast Asia and the Stop Global Warming Association (SGWA), have demanded that state agencies sue PTT Global Chemical for Saturday's oil spill. An estimated 50,000 liters of oil has leaked from an offshore pipeline operated by a subsidiary of the company.
Sumantran tiger and toilet peper
July 08, 2013
Non-governmental organizations have accused pulp and paper giant Asia Pacific Resources International Limited) (APRIL) of dodging an inquiry into its deforestation practices. One of the world's largest paper and pulp operations, the company has withdrawn from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) thereby avoiding an investigation into its much-criticised sustainability policies. APRIL is part of the Indonesian Raja Garuda Mas Group and owned by Indonesian business man Sukanto Tanoto living in Singapore.