Brits in Crete Open Letter to Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer

Brits in Crete ex-pat Open Letter to Herbert Hainer, CEO of Adidas, the sports wear multi-national retailer to pressure the company to detox the sportswear they sell in Crete and across Greece and ex-pat, patronised outlets wherever they are located from Dubai to Hong Kong.

Dear Mr Hainer,

I am writing to you today because I am deeply concerned to learn that your clothing has tested positive for chemicals which prove that you are contributing to toxic water pollution. Other clothing companies are implicated too, but that's no excuse for inaction now.

Adidas should commit to eliminate all toxic chemicals from its supply chain and products. Your company needs to 'come clean' and disclose to the public the hazardous chemicals used and released into the environment during its production processes and -- if Adidas wants to be a real leader -- turn words into action and show us real change on the ground in countries like China, where water pollution is such an urgent problem.

The world needs champions for a toxic-free future. Are you all in, or are you hoping to leave it to Puma, Nike and others to JUST DO IT for you?

I would like to hear back from you as soon as possible when you are ready to take up the Detox Challenge.


Gerald Brown
for and behalf of
Brits in Crete web sites

This open letter is in support of the Greenpeace International campaign to clean up the manufacture of sportswear. I am informed that clothing by leading brands Abercombie & Fitch, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Converse, GAP, G-Star RAW, H&M, Kappa, Lacoste, Li Ning, Nike, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Uniqlo and Youngor is manufactured using nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), which break down to form toxic nonylphenol (NP).

Nonylphenol is a persistent chemical with hormone-disrupting properties that build up in the food chain, and is hazardous even at very low levels. Someone needs to lead the textile industry to quit the chemicals and detox our water. Nike and Puma have been convinced to change to a cleaner environment, but Adidas hasn't yet.

Note to readers of this blog. Please add your voice to this campaign via your favourite social network web site whether you are in Crete, Greece, or beyond, in fact wherever you are. On Facebook please "Like" this Open Letter to Herbert Hainer, CEO of Adidas as a first step in expressing your concern over Adidas' stance. Thank you.