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Levi Strauss may have pioneered the “Water<less” and “Waste<less” lines of denim, but the jean icon is far from a paragon of sustainability, according to a new report from Greenpeace. In its first investigation of textile manufacturers in Mexico, one of the largest producers of denim in the world, the environmental nonprofit discovered a wide range of hazardous chemicals in the wastewater of two of the nation’s biggest factories: Lavamex in Aguascalientes and Kaltex in San Juan del Río, Queretaro. Some of the planet’s top-selling denim purveyors have current or recent relationships with the facilities, including Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Guess, Gap, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, and Walmart.

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