It is not easy being green in Hong Kong, especially when it comes to your toilet paper.
It might make sense that the toilet roll used to clean up your dirtiest deeds would come from the last dregs of a paper's life cycle, but in Hong Kong it is most likely you are flushing virgin pulp down the drain.
Despite global advocacy for less paper usage by Greenpeace and other environmental groups, eco-conscious consumers are at a loss for choice with major retailers in Hong Kong stocking toilet rolls made mostly from virgin pulp, with few, if any, choices for a recycled option.
Traces of toxic chemicals harmful to the environment and to human health have been detected in products made by 14 top clothing manufacturers, Greenpeace said Tuesday. Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren were found to be tainted with the chemicals, known as nonylphenol ethoxylates, the watchdog said at the launch of its report Dirty Laundry 2.
Some of the world's leading clothing brands rely on Chinese suppliers that pollute rivers with toxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals banned in Europe and elsewhere, environment group Greenpeace said in a report on Wednesday.
Greenpeace recently hired an independent laboratory, which found phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastic and said to cause hormone malfunctions and reproductive problems, in 21 out of 30 toy samples purchased in four Chinese cities.
The toys that were tested were all produced by mainland Chinese factories, it added.
The EU and the US have banned six types of phthalates in children's products and toys, according to the group.
A Greenpeace report has called on the Chinese textile industry to clean up its processes after finding high levels of pollution in the southern industrial towns of Xintang – the "jeans capital of the world" – and Gurao, a manufacturing town 80 percent, of whose economy is devoted to bras, underwear and other clothing articles.
Indonesian palm-oil company PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources & Technology said on Tuesday a third-party audit of its estates shows it wasn't responsible for cutting down forest and destroying orangutan habitat for palm cultivation, refuting allegations by environmental group Greenpeace and opening the door for two global conglomerates to resume sourcing from the company.
Greenpeace started issuing reports late last year alleging the company was involved in illegal rainforest clearing and draining of peatland for palm oil production.
Nintendo Co. and Toshiba Corp. rank among the least environmentally friendly consumer electronics firms, while Nokia and Sony Ericsson lead the way in providing green products, according to a report released on Wednesday by Greenpeace Japan.
Greenpeace campaigners abseiled into Nestle's annual shareholders meeting last Thursday to urge the food giant to stop using palm oil harvested from rainforest destruction.
The environmental group claims Nestle is still using palm oil harvested by clearing swathes of Asian rainforests in some of the chocolate bars it makes.
Nestle announced last month that it was dropping Indonesian firm Sinar Mas, the world's largest palm oil producer, as a supplier following protests, three months after Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever severed ties.
Tuna brands sold in Australia are engaging in fishing practices that harm turtles and endangered sharks, a report says.
Greenpeace also accuses most major brands of selling endangered yellowfin tuna, and failing to provide consumers with basic information about which tuna species are in their cans.
In a 14-page report on tuna sustainability, the environmental lobby group said Australia lagged behind UK when it came to tuna fishing practices.