Greenpeace have won a lawsuit against the Indonesian government which will prevent permits being issued to companies to allow them to dispose of waste in the Citarum river.
The lawsuit was filed after dozens of brands committed to detox their supply chain back in 2015, however little change occurred.
Greenpeace Indonesia, together with community groups Pawapeling, Walhi (Friends of the Earth Indonesia), and Legal Aid Bandung, filed a lawsuit against the government's decision to continue issuing wastewater discharge permits to three textile companies – PT. Kahatex, PT. Insan Sandang Internusa and PT. Five Star Textile.
Ahmad Ashov Birry, Greenpeace campaigner said: “This unprecedented decision gives us hope that a clean and toxic-free river and future in Indonesia is possible. It proved to me that people power can prevail!”
A study showed that total economic loss due to industrial pollution in the area had reached a staggering IDR11,4 trillion (US$1.02 trillion) between 2004 and 2015.
Rancaekek is long known to host textile companies including some of the biggest companies in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. These companies export most of their products abroad, including to several big fashion brands.
In 2015 one high ranking Indonesian official said that people in Rancaekek are prone to cancer due to industrial pollution.
Big brands are neglecting the health of their staff within the supply chain, as well as the environment and it’s time for this to change.
Greenpeace says: “Fashion brands must Detox before it's too late.”
Sundried produce our activewear responsibly in partnership with The Low Carbon Innovation Fund and staff are respected throughout the supply chain, with fair wages and treatment.
Read more on our company ethics here.
We live in a culture where burying your head in the sand is not acceptable. The fashion industry is the 2nd largest pollutant, widely known for terrible and dangerous working conditions, but still we sit back and do not ask our favourite brands simple questions like ‘Where is your product made?’, ‘Why is this so cheap?’ and ‘What are your environmental policies?’
Activewear brand Sundried believe enough people care to launch our brand with impeccable ethical credentials. Hand made in Portugal. Completely traceable. We are also urging consumers to ask their favourite brands about their ethics. We have set-up the hashtag #QuestionTheEthics so you can start challenging brands you buy from.
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