13 Oct 2012
Toxic leather tanneries
Since I teach 3D Sustainability at Curtin University (2008) I've shown a picture at one of my lectures of the waste in Bangladesh from the many tanneries and glue factories there. Now I come across this article: Children as young as 11 being exposed to poisonous chemicals in Bangladeshi tanneries and see it's even worse than the picture and nothing has been improved since the past five years.
As designers of products using leather we must source materials from companies who improve their business practices. We must check how clean the factories work, how they dispose of their waste and if they are using child labour. And say no to their products if they are not cleaning up their act!