23 May '13, 5pm

Unsafe garment factories aren't the only thing threatening Bangaldesh's workers

Unsafe garment factories aren't the only thing threatening Bangaldesh's workers

From asthma to cancer, more than 90 percent of tannery workers in Bangladesh suffer from some kind of disease because of chemical exposure, reveals a report by AFP on Friday. In the the Hazaribag district of Dhaka alone, hundreds of tanneries dump 22,000 cubic liters of toxic waste—including cancer-causing chromium —into the Buriganga, the region’s main river and a central water supply. But despite the alarming health and environmental repercussions, it’s business as usual in Hazaribag, which produces the bulk of the leather in Bangladesh. With global demand for footwear soaring, as well as rising production costs in China prompting western buyers to look elsewhere, leather has become the country’s fastest-growing export.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/are-bangladeshs-toxic-leather-ta...

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