20% of industrial pollution comes from the textile manufacturing process. Over 8,000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into clothing. Workers come in direct contact with these chemicals—often without adequate safety protections—and are at risk of contracting deadly diseases.
No piece of clothing is worth risking the future of our planet or someone’s health. We need to radically transform the way clothing is made and the way garment workers are treated, and end fast fashion.
Why Toxic Textiles?
The chemicals used to manufacture our clothing put garment workers’ health at risk, pollute communities and taint local resources, AND risk consumers’ health. Exposure to these chemicals can harm reproductive systems, cause cancer, damage the nervous systems, damage the liver, and more.
Clothing that is odor-wicking, anti-wrinkle, flame-resistant? Often made using toxic chemicals!
How Can You Help?
When we first launched the Toxic Textiles campaign, we pushed Carter's, the largest US retailer of children’s clothing, to step up its chemical management and sustainability efforts. Thanks to Green Americans taking action with our campaign, Carter’s has
- launched a website on its environmental, social, and governance impacts
- disclosed a restricted substances list (RSL)
- issued a sustainability report
- announced it will adopt a manufacturing restricted substances list (MRSL)
Now, we are asking the largest clothing retailer in the US—Amazon—to end toxic textiles and respect workers’ rights!