CHILDREN’S clothes and shoes produced by global brands contain harmful substances,Greenpeace claims.
The environmental group’s report, A Little Story About the Monsters in Your Closet, was published on its website.
It said that tests on 82 items sold by 12 brands showed various levels of harmful materials in children’s clothing.
“This is a nightmare for parents everywhere,” said Greenpeace Hong Kong campaigner Kate Lin Pui-yi. “These substances can be found in products at almost all price levels,from exclusive luxury designs to budget fashion. There are alternatives available. For the sake of current and future generations, brands should stop using these monsters.”
Greenpeace said the nonylphenol ethoxylates, or NPEs, found can stop the sexual development and immune system of children. NPEs are banned in the European Union.
The samples tested included four products sold in Hong Kong – Adidas shoes and Burberry, Disney and Gap clothes. The 82 products were bought in May and June last year from 25 countries or regions. They were manufactured in at least 12 different countries or regions, though one-third were made in China.
Disney said it always pays attention to the safety and quality of its products, and they have gone through safety tests.