Fashion industries in their business of minting high across the world, perhaps are forgetting the injuries they are harping on the environment.
City Tehuacan, the heartland of Mexico’s denim industry may be generating jobs for thousands, but is threatening the region’s cornfields downstream that are fed by rivers being contaminated with the industry’s blue chemicals.
Residents living in the Tehuacan’s wide valley are worried and angry with its government for turning its face from the prevailing uncontrolled problem.
The industrial laundries, while putting finishing touches to jeans for export – discharge a harmful cocktail of bleach, dye and detergents into the Tehuacan.
Even the high-tech Grupo Navarra factory that launders jeans for brands made by Levi is blamed of creating widespread pollution by contaminating a ditch behind it with a dark blue sludge.
But, with Mexico’s huge garment firm-economy being generated from its huge markets in the United States, will the government lend its ‘ear of concern’ for the prevailing environment crisis in the state?
After all, the region’s laundry setups mean, a quick turnaround on fast-changing fashion lines followed by soaring economic turnover.
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