Greenpeace Tells Luxury Brands to Clean Out Their Hazardous Chemicals

SAN DIEGO (TheStreet) -- Greenpeace International says the children's clothing and footwear made by eight major luxury fashion brands contains hazardous chemicals that have hormone-disrupting properties.

In a report titled A Little Story about a Fashionable Lie: Hazardous Chemicals in Luxury Branded Clothing for Children, Greenpeace says such brands as Versace, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana all use hazardous chemicals in their manufacturing process.

The international nonprofit is calling on the luxury fashion houses to detox their production process.

"The textile industry is a major polluter globally and consumers aren't very aware of that," says John Deans, a detox campaigner for Greenpeace. "When we go to the store to get a pair of jeans, or in this case Versace clothing, we don't go with the expectation that we're getting something that has this trail of toxic pollution in its wake."

Greenpeace tested 27 products from eight luxury fashion brands. The brands tested include Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Trussardi and Versace. All the clothing tested was bought between May and June 2013. Independent, accredited laboratories carried out the tests.

Sixteen of the products bought by Greenpeace tested positive for one or more chemicals including nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), phthalates, polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) or antimony.

The residues were found in products from all of the brands studied except for Trussardi.

The highest concentration of NPEs was found in a Louis Vuitton ballerina shoe. The highest concentration of PFCs were found in a Versace jacket.

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