Children's clothing from luxury brands contain harmful chemicals, concern group says

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 February, 2014, 1:13pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 February, 2014, 3:51pm

Ballerina shoes, clothes and other children’s products sold by luxury fashion brands contain hazardous chemicals, according to an environmental group.

Greenpeace earlier tested 27 products from eight fashion brands and found a range of chemicals present in products from Louis Vuitton, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.

The products were bought at LCX and Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui, with prices ranging from HK$1,000 to HK$3,300.

The chemicals found include nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), phthalates, polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) or antimony.

The green group said the chemicals — leached into the environment from factories and the clothes themselves — could build up in waterways and have hormone-disrupting properties.

At least one pair of Louis Vuitton sport shoes recorded an NPE level of 370 milligrams per kilogram.

"This report shows [luxury brands] are deceiving customers with toxic lies...these brands need to detox their supply chains and realise that people can see through their grand illusion," said Greenpeace East Asia campaigner Kate Lin.

The group is calling for a commitment from major apparel brands to achieve a “zero discharge level” of all hazardous chemicals by 2020.

Greenpeace last month said it had also found NPE in children's clothing from 12 other brands sold in 25 countries it tested last year, including Gap, Adidas, Burberry and Disney.