Tesco publicly commits to detox its textile production

British multinational retailer Tesco has revealed plans to overhaul garment line, F&F, in order to eliminate harmful chemicals.

Tesco now committed to the Greenpeace Detox-Campaign to become toxics-free. The campaign, which launched in 2011, is supported by 80 international brands and now represent 15% of the worldwide textile production.

Kirsten Brodde, project lead of Detox Campaign, with Greenpeace Germany, said: “The Detox standard is the new industry baseline, in only six years, forerunners of the textile sector went from total denial and opacity of their supply chain to transparency and the banning of all hazardous chemicals. Tesco’s commitment shows the rest of the industry that using hazardous chemicals is not an option anymore.

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“Tesco now has the opportunity to match this progress and Greenpeace will monitor it closely to ensure they follow up their commitment.”

UK-based Tesco  joins a group of five German-based international retailers including Aldi and Lidl that  signed the Detox-Commitment two years ago.

The commitment coincides with the release of Greenpeace’s report ‘How seriously are retailers taking responsible fashion?’ the second assessment on how far retailers have implemented tools and actions to eliminate hazardous chemicals.

“Fashion brands and retailers should take measures to slow down their production and achieve full recyclability of their products equally serious than their chemical management. We need companies to foster a radical change in the way fashion is produced, marketed and consumed in the future, with warranties, repair services or sharing economy concepts, like leasing or lending. We believe Detox-committed brands could lead this change in the industry.” added Brodde.

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