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Mexican suppliers to Levi's branded polluters by Greenpeace

Published on Dec 6, 2012 6:57 AM
Handout picture released on Dec 5, 2012 by Greenpeace of 17 activists spreading a 1,000 sq m yellow arrow banner pointing at the waste water treatment plant for Lavamex - one of Levi's suppliers in Mexico - in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The banner (bearing Levi's logo) reads: "LEVIS, Stop Polluting Mexico's rivers" and "Queremos Ríos Sin Tóxicos" (in Spanish). -- PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Two Mexican textile factories that supply clothing for global fashion brands such as Levi's are dumping toxic chemicals into the environment, Greenpeace said on Dec 5.

The environmental group said it found hazardous chemicals in samples taken from waste water discharges at the two facilities, run by Mexico's Lavamex and Kaltex companies, which dye and wash denim textiles.

"What we have in Mexico is a classic tale of big brands hiding behind lax regulation and secretive discharge methods", Mr Pierre Terras, the toxics campaign coordinator at Greenpeace Mexico, said in a statement.

"For all their grandiose statements about restoring the environment and doing what's good for the planet, Levi's uses suppliers that are polluting Mexican rivers," Mr Terras said.

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