Flip: Different countries of origin and child labor at the beginning of the supply chain?
This all sounds quite exemplary at first, but the seemingly extraordinary sustainability efforts turn out to be a greenwashing fake, according to FLIP and ZEIT. One trace of the plastic processed by Adidas leads to the Philippines. There, as the research team describes it, children are also on the move under “deplorable circumstances,” selling the collected garbage to local dealers for a few cents. From here, the material goes on to suppliers of Adidas, writes DIE ZEIT. Only 20 percent of the plastic used to make the yarn for the jersey and other Parley plastic products from Adidas comes from the regions where “Parley for Oceans” is active. The rest comes from so-called “volume countries”. These include the Philippines and Thailand. However, according to a Parley spokesperson, this is precisely where the organization is not currently active. Adidas, on the other hand, explains: “The raw material for the national jersey comes from Thailand. FLIP’s conclusion: “The part of ocean plastic that comes from Parley (…) is therefore not even 20 percent (…). But in fact zero.”