In a report published by green peace china’s water pollution has been exposed. There has been huge discharge dyeing effluents in to the river mainly attributed to Youngor Group Co Ltd. Green peace has even reported this issue to the Big brands in apparel like Nike, H&M, Puma etc. These brand are the biggest buyer from pollution factories. These brands have promised to look into these issues.
Extracts from the Green peace report:
China has some of the worst water pollution in the world9, with as much as 70% of its rivers, lakes and reservoirs being affected.10 China’s existing water shortage problem is worsening due to spiralling demand and the growing effects of climate change. Water pollution is further exacerbating the situation, with a quarter of the country’s population having no access to clean drinking water.11 Severe water shortfalls are predicted for many regions across China if no action is taken to tackle the problem.
Youngor Group Co Ltd is China’s largest integrated textile company, with world-scale fabric manufacturing, garment making and retailing capabilities. Established in 1979, it is based in the city of Ningbo near Shanghai, in the eastern province of Zhejiang. As well as manufacturing fabrics and clothing for multiple international brands, Youngor has its own product lines that include shirts, suits, trousers, casual jackets, ties and T-shirts, all officially recognised as leading national brands.In 2003, Youngor Group Co Ltd invested 1bn yuan ($147m US dollars) to build the Youngor Textile Complex in Ningbo, which includes “a large-scale production facility for items such as high-quality dyed yarn cloth, wool fabric, printed fabric, dyed fabric and knitwear”. It is now one of the major production facilities in China for high-end clothing and textiles. The company’s headquarters at the complex has a research centre, a warehouse and a showroom in addition to the production facility.
Lacoste (click on the brand name to view the response from them regarding pollution) Peerless Adidas American Eagle Nike Puma Abercrombie & Fitch GAP Bauer Hockey Lining Metersbonwe Youngor H&M