SINGAPORE — A Greenpeace International report has pinpointed the Indonesian textile industry as a major contributor to pollution in one of the world’s dirtiest rivers while naming one textile plant operated by a company that supplies Western clothing labels as particularly culpable.
According to the report, “Toxic Threads: Polluting Paradise,” laboratory analysis of wastewater released last May by the PT Gistex factory into the Citarum River, located in the Indonesian province of West Java, found that analyzed samples contained several potentially hazardous chemicals. These included tributyl phosphate, a substance the report said is used for dyeing products but can prove toxic to aquamarine life, and nonylphenol, which the report called an “environmental contaminant with hormone disrupting properties.”
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