Zara, H&M, Adidas, Nike share blame for pollution
Textile industry has always been a heavy polluting industry as the companies discharge large amount of pollutants and have low water use efficiency. Many textile firms, including the famous ones, violate the environmental rules, said Ma Jun, director of Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs.
As of Feb. 20, 2012, more than 6,000 environmental violations of textile firms have been recorded in the pollution database of China.
According to the records, some firms discharge unprocessed sewage; some improperly use the wastewater treatment system; some discharge excessive pollutant; some take the liberty to use the seized equipment and others are forced to make rectifications under supervision for outstanding environmental problems.
Many of the problematic firms are the supply chain of well-known international and domestic brands, according to the investigation report.