Greenpeace Praises Cheap Clothes from Aldi, Lidl & co.

Who would have thought it; Who buys clothes at Aldi, Lidl, penny and Shaun, must worry more harmful textile pollutants. According to Greenpeace, these cheap discount stores are “tight on detoxication course”.

The sweater for five euros, pants for ten. Who buys clothes at cheap supermarket chains, saves a lot of money, but not of harmful pollutants. Yet in the past few years, discount stores by the environmental organisation Greenpeace got bad marks: the textiles of the own brands contained too many hazardous chemicals. Furthermore, the substances used for the dyeing and finishing pollute waters especially in Asian producing countries, warned the environmental organization.

Detox is the future
But now, according to a recent study by Greenpeace , five of the tested discount store chains, namely Aldi, Lidl, penny/REWE, Shaun and the Swiss chain Coop are exemplary for a clean, low-emission textile production. In a detox campaign by Greenpeace, particularly harmful chemicals, such as plasticizers and peri – and poly-fluorinated chemicals (PFCS), out of the clothing were relegated since this spring. Also, the company will also include lists of all harmful substances, which have disappeared from the production by 2020. Also purchase to produce hypoallergenic now.

Produce without chemicals
Especially Lidl, Tchibo and REWE/penny invested heavily in a new eco-friendly textile production. So do they recycle and even H & M introduce Upcycling collection and take-back systems, the old clothes. Customers should soon return their worn clothes in the supermarkets. The faster the supermarket chains are can start recycling.

However, there are also chains, who (still) do not follow the Detox call: Edeka/NET, Norma, Metro/real, the Austrian chain Interspar and Migros from Switzerland. But Greenpeace aims at bringing these companies with their large-scale Detox campaign by 2020 to produce non-toxic fabrics.