In today’s eco-conscious world, sustainability has become more than a watchword: it is now a way of life. Yet, the issue of toxic pollution, and how it affects countless communities, remains an underrated global problem.
Its effects are often not immediately noticeable. Its consequences, such as illness and disease, could manifest in many ways, and could easily be attributed to other triggers – like diet, lifestyle choices and DNA.
One major pollutant is untreated wastewater released from textile, leather, footwear manufacturing industries. These untreated releases can render waterways unsafe for human use, harm wildlife and damage or destroy ecosystems. In extreme cases, it can even seep down to the aquifer level, causing untold harm to watersheds, leading to severe water shortages.
With concerns of water scarcity and stricter environmental regulations, the pressure on these water-intensive industries is rising.
Environmental advocates realise that there is no time to wait on this issue, and are looking to textile, leather and footwear manufacturers to take a stand and eliminate toxic chemicals from the manufacturing process.