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If you’re planning on buying—and wearing—a Greenpeace T-shirt as a sign of solidarity with Ma Earth, you’re out of luck. The environmental nonprofit says it’s suspending sales of all textile products until brands and suppliers are able to produce clothing without propagating hazardous chemicals throughout their supply chains. “As an organization we want to supply our supporters with T-shirts that change the world,” Greenpeace says in a statement. “But we will only be able to sell textiles again when the industry can produce toxic-free fashion.”
For the limited quantity of garments it needs to produce for campaigning purposes (“activists need clothes, too!” the group says), Greenpeace has drawn up a new “best-in-class” procurement policy it says will subject to regular reviews and updates.
All textiles purchased under the new global policy must be 100 percent organic, from fair-trade raw materials, and have GOTS certification or its equivalent.
All textiles purchased under the new global policy must be 100 percent organic, from fair-trade raw materials, and have Global Organic Textile Standard certification or its equivalent. Similarly, inks for printing must be toxic-free and have minimal environmental impact. “Anything else does not meet Greenpeace standards,” it adds.
And if you own a preexisting Greenpeace product that isn’t quite up to snuff? Greenpeace urges you to keep it anyway. “The wearing of our textile products do not pose a health risk,” it says. “The best way to be environmental friendly is to make it last as long as possible, so that it stays in your wardrobe and not end up in landfill.”