Greenpeace stripteases for a cause

Posted at 07/23/11 8:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines – An environmental organization staged a mass striptease to show their protest against the alleged use of hazardous chemicals in sportswear apparel.

As part of its “Detox” campaign, Greenpeace led an event Friday 5 p.m. attended by volunteers who called for Nike and Adidas to lead the elimination of hazardous chemicals from its supply chains and products.

“Naniniwala ako doon sa pinu-push ng organization,” said one volunteer.

The event was synchronized in 14 other countries, which was highlighted by a striptease wherein the volunteers, most of whom were athletes, removed sportswear from Nike and Adidas.

“We don’t wasn’t toxic chemicals na baka nasa shorts or shirts na ginagamit ng mga tao,” said Beaus Baconguis of Greenpeace.

The group also aimed to set a new world record for the most number of people who “stripteased” simultaneously.

Meanwhile, Nike denied that it is contributing to the pollution caused by hazardous chemicals.

"To the best of our knowledge, we are not contributing to the pollution of the Yangtze Delta through our factory partners…These factories are cut and sew facilities, they do not have manufacturing processes that include the use of chemicals called out by Greenpeace," said Nike in a press statement.

Adidas has yet to comment on the issue. -- Report from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News