Fast fashion is fast polluting Africa’s rivers, but doing little ...

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Fast fashion is fast polluting Africa’s rivers, but doing little about it

In Lesotho, WWI found a river polluted with blue dye, while in Tanzania a water source had a pH the same as bleach

Emma Rumney

Global fast fashion brands are helping drive pollution that has dyed African rivers blue or turned their waters as alkaline as bleach, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Water Witness International’s (WWI) study featured the polluted rivers in Lesotho and Tanzania to highlight the risks posed as global brands increasingly source garments from contractors in Africa, attracted by cheap labour and tax incentives.

Global brands could force better practices, but so far their presence on the continent has done little to stem rife pollution and water hoarding by contracting factories or even ensure adequate water and sanitation for factory staff, Nick Hepworth, director of WWI and author of the report, said...

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