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Toxic chemicals found in luxury clothing

Greenpeace has found residues of toxic substances in clothing by top luxury brands.

Milan Fashion Week began on 19 February with a Greenpeace protest to demand toxic-free fashion. Picture:Greenpeace.

JOHANNESBURG - Environmental organisation Greenpeace has found residues of a variety of toxic substances in children's clothing and footwear produced by eight luxury fashion brands, including Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani.

Twenty-seven products were sent to independent accredited laboratories, and investigated for the presence of hazardous chemicals.

Sixteen of the products tested positive for one or more of these chemicals.

Other brands tested included Louis Vuitton, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Trussardi and Hermès.

The highest total concentration of polyfluorinated chemicals was found in a Versace jacket.

Milan Fashion Week began yesterday with a Greenpeace protest to demand toxic-free fashion.

Activists unfolded a huge banner in the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele to demand that luxury brands commit to creating fashion free from hazardous chemicals.

The 100 square metre banner hanging from the gallery ceiling features world-class model Eugenia Volodina and a young 'King' who is taking a stand against toxic fashion.

The banner read: "Beautiful fashion, ugly lies? #TheKingisNaked" while a second banner read "Versace Detox now!"

The highest total concentration of polyfluorinated chemicals was found in a Versace jacket. Picture: Greenpeace.

Chiara Campione, Fashion Duel Project Leader at Greenpeace Italy, said it is time to reveal fashion's dirty little secret.

"Versace needs to live up to its reputation as a trendsetter and commit to making clothes we can all be proud of. If Burberry and Valentino can do it, why can't Versace?"

Once released into rivers or lakes from factories or the clothes themselves, some PFCs accumulate into the environment and can be found in even the most remote regions of the planet. They can also interfere with the hormonal systems of both animals and humans.

To read the report click here.

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