SHEIN: The fast fashion giant’s clothes violate EU regulations on chemicals, says Greenpeace

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origin 1A damning report by Greenpeace has claimed that several Shein products violate EU chemical regulations. ©Canva

Clothes sold by fast fashion giant SHEIN contain ‘dangerous chemicals’ that violate EU regulations, environmental campaigners have said.

Shein is the world’s largest online-only retailer, producing between 35,000 and 100,000 new garments every single day.

But these cheap Do you live can be toxic, warns Greenpeace Germany.

The campaign team analyzed 47 SHEIN products and found that 15% contained “dangerous chemicals” at levels that violate EU regulatory limits.

These chemicals threaten the health of consumers and ecosystems, the report urges.

“Results from Greenpeace Germany show that the use of dangerous chemicals is the basis of SHEIN’s ultra fast fashion business model, which is the opposite of being future-proof,” warned Viola Wohlgemuth, Toxics and Circular economy Campaigner with Greenpeace Germany.

“SHEIN products containing dangerous chemicals are flooding European markets and violating regulations, which are not being enforced by the authorities.”

RockedBuzz via Euronews contacted SHEIN for comment.

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What chemicals do Shein clothes contain?

Greenpeace analyzed the chemical composition of 47 SHEIN products – for men, women and children.

He claims 15 contained “worrying” levels of potentially dangerous chemical substanceswhile seven contained levels high enough to violate regulations.

Five gods products broke the limits by 100% or more.

The findings indicated “very high levels of phthalates in shoes and formaldehyde in a little girl’s dress,” the report found.

Chemical substances released into the air and wastewater throughout the supply chain also pose a threat to human and ecosystem health. They also prevent clothes from being recycled properly, contributing to the vast global problem of fashion waste.

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The EU has strict limits on chemical concentrations in clothes – the REACH legislation. But it needs to “correctly enforce” these regulations, Wohlgemuth said.

origin 1Fast fashion companies encourage consumers to buy new trends at low prices, but the environmental cost can be huge.Canva

How else is the fast fashion industry impacting the planet?

Have you ever found a fashion deal that sounds too good to be true? Chances are it is.

While you might only pay a couple of euros for a new top or sweater, the environmental costs are enormous.

The fashion industry it is responsible for more than 10% of carbon emissions and consumes about 100 million tons of oil every year. Every second, a truckload of textiles ends up in landfill or incineration.

Creating polyester – the key material in many brand clothing \- is a carbon intensive process.

But despite the urgent need to decarbonise, demand for affordable items isn’t slowing. The average consumer throws away 60% of new clothes the same year they were purchased.

Companies like SHEIN will profit from this cycle of constants consumption. Earlier this year, an analysis revealed that 70% of products for sale on SHEIN’s website were less than three months old.

This ultra-cheap model not only contributes to global warming, but harms workers along the supply chain.

“At its essence, the linear fast fashion business model is totally incompatible with a climate-friendly future, but the emergence of ultra-fast fashion is further accelerating climate and environmental catastrophe and must be stopped through binding legislation,” Wohlgemuth She said.

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