Burberry have responded to those damning claims by Greenpeace that residues of toxic chemicals were found in its children’s wear collection including the purple shirt worn by Romeo Beckham in the 2013 Burberry campaign. Greenpeace had carried out tests on 82 items of clothing by a number of brands including Burberry, Disney and H&M. Although there was no evidence that the levels of chemicals found would cause harm to children wearing them, Greenpeace had called for the items to be removed on a precautionary basis. The clothes in question were found to contain a high level of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), manmade chemicals commonly used in detergents.
The statement issued by Burberry confirmed that its adheres to all safety standards.
“All Burberry products are safe and fully adhere to international environmental and safety standards. We have an active programme dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of our supply chain, working in collaboration with our suppliers and NGOs. Greenpeace is aware of our work, which includes the commitment to eliminate from our supply chain the release of chemicals that have an environmental impact.”
Since 2011, Greenpeace has been asking clothing brands to stop the using chemicals that pose a threat to the environment. Graham Thompson, a spokesman for the Greenpeace Detox campaign, said: ‘Until the textile industry detox and switch to safer chemicals, we’ll all be exposed to these hazardous substances.”