The Real Cost of Cheap Clothing from Bangladesh

Posted on April 21, 2018


Cláudia Brandão, New York Times

Mosammot Bulbuli is among the millions of people who work in Bangladesh’s factories that supply clothing to the rest of the world. She is also one of the thousands who were working in Rana Plaza in Savar five years ago when it collapsed. More than 1,100 people lost their lives; more than 2,000 were injured. […]

A few weeks later, some of the world’s largest retailers began signing an agreement with local unions regarding work safety standards.

That accord has attempted to cast a light on dangerous conditions inside. Outside, in the industrial Savar area, factories, tanneries and dyeing plants — all crucial to the global supply chain — have been contributing to an environmental disaster. Clogged with toxic waste, Savar’s wetlands, canals and streets have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and disease. Please click here to read the whole article directly from the New York Times.

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