China’s Textile Pollution: Secondary Research


6-12th March

I came across this article addressing the pollution within China from Textile factories. The Images (taken by Lu Guang/Greenpeace) are extremely heartbreaking and really alarming due to the fact that you hear situations like this all the time but never truly think of it and the consequences when you see real life images.

“Xintang and Gurao are emblematic of the larger problem of dirty textile manufacturing – they are just two of 133 textile industrial clusters in the country,” “The responsibility of wastewater regulation and phasing out hazardous chemicals in textiles must be faced by not only Xintang and Gurao overnment but throughout China.” ays Greenpeace’s Mariah Zhao Says Greenpeace’s Mariah Zhao.

Wastewater discharged from a denim washing factory in Xintang. Greenpeace testing found five heavy metals (cadmium, chromium, mercury, lead and copper) in 17 out of 21 samples taken in two towns. In one sample, cadmium exceeded China’s national limits by 128 times. Villagers complain about the printing and dyeing factories’ wastewater that discharges into the local river, which in turn flows into the Pearl River delta

Every morning, workers search through wastewater to scoop out the stones used to make stonewash denim. A Greenpeace campaigner takes a water sample from a polluted river near Dadun village, Xintang. The charity visited the two towns between April and September last year.“Everyone says that people who work in dyeing and washing have reproductive and fertility problems. My cousin once worked in a dyeing plant. He died of pleurisy,” says Lin Zhixin, a migrant worker from Sichuan


Xiao Xi river has suffered. Villagers nearby say that the dirty, smelly river is no longer fit for drinking or laundry. Fish no longer live in the river and when it overflows, local people’s yards and homes are flooded by wastewater

Students in Gurao try to block out fumes from the trash incineration.


I really enjoyed this article as it revealed to me how damaging aspects of the fashion industry can be. I intend to do more research on this area to see what else I can find.

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