Uniqlo to Eliminate All Hazardous Chemicals by 2020

Uniqlo Spring 2013

Uniqlo’s Spring 2013 line.

Following in Levi’s footsteps, whose pledge against the use of perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, came in December, Uniqlo has also promised to completely eliminate the use of PFCs in its production process by 2020.  Greenpeace protests that began in 2011 were the impetus for both retailers’ newfound environmentally friendly commitments.

Besides eliminating PFCs, Uniqlo has promised to get overall discharge of hazardous chemicals down to zero, throughout its global supply chain, by the 2020 deadline.

Also, Uniqlo’s pledge encompasses not just its namesake line, but all the properties owned by parent company Fast Retailing, including Theory, Princesse Tam Tam, and Comptoir des Cotonniers.  With big mainstream names like these making eco-friendly production the norm, it’s looking bright for these new best practices to become de rigueur industry-wide.

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