Tesco turns down textile toxins

Tesco has committed to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its textile production. The retail giant has announced the move will make the supply chain of its own garment brand F&F much more environmentally friendly and said […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Tesco has committed to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its textile production.

The retail giant has announced the move will make the supply chain of its own garment brand F&F much more environmentally friendly and said it would also release a full list of fabric suppliers.

Since the Greenpeace Detox Campaign was launched in 2011, a total of 80 international brands and suppliers, including Tesco, have now committed to become toxic-textile-free, representing 15% of global textile production.

These businesses plan to eliminate all releases of toxic chemicals by 2020 – they include M&S, H&M, Benetton, Levi Strauss, Aldi, Lidl and Tchibo.

The companies have agreed to be precautionary, by cutting out substances that may have an unknown effect on the environment, as well as increasing transparency about which suppliers they use.

Greenpeace also suggests reducing the speed of changes in product lines and says making long-lasting and recyclable products is as important as eliminating toxic chemicals.

Alan Wragg, Category Technical Director at Tesco, said: “Greenpeace endorses our plan to phase-out hazardous chemicals in our supply chain as part of the Greenpeace DETOX commitment.

“Tesco is committing to DETOX as part of our goal to protect the environment by sourcing products sustainably and responsibly for our customers.”