Supermarket Kaufland joins hand with Greenpeace in Detox campaign 
kauflandA growing number of retail chains support the Greenpeace campaign against polluting chemicals in textile production. Now the supermarket chain Kaufland (Neckarsulm) has agreed to participate in the “Detox” campaign by Greenpeace. Kaufland confirmed the signing of a voluntary commitment by 2020 gradually refraining from using polluting substances in the manufacture of textiles and shoes. Greenpeace called on retailers like Edeka / Netto, Norma or the Metro subsidiary Real to join the action. Kaufland has 1200 stores in Germany and Eastern Europe.
Greenpeace initiated the campaign in 2011. Aldi, Lidl and Rewe / Penny, Tchiboand the Swiss chain Coop had become a trendsetter in the clean textile production among the supermarkets, said the textile expert of Greenpeace, Kirsten Brodde. Almost all harmful chemicals have been banned, there are progress reports and sewage data. Programs for the collection and recycling of textiles would set in motion.

With Kaufland, there are now 33 international brands participating in the campaign. This corresponds to about 15 percent of global textile production, Brodde said. The Edeka group (Hamburg) also ensured their support to Greenpeace in the campaign. Textiles accounted for only 1 percent of Edeka’s turnover. The textile private labels would meet the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard.”Since June 2015, they are involved in the” Alliance for Sustainable Textiles “at the Federal Ministry of Economics.