Fascinating Film Looks at ‘The Toxic Price of Leather’ in India

Photographer and videographer Sean Gallagher’s short film reveals the devastating cost of leather production in India. Situated along the Ganges river, the northern city of Kanpur has become the country’s largest producer of leather, 95% of which is exported to western markets. With lack of regulation and keeping costs as low as possible, 50 million litres of highly toxic waste gushes into Kanpur from the tanneries everyday. This chemical-riddled water then flows back into the community, polluting farmland and spreading disease. The Toxic Price of Leather presents a very human story about the ramifications of widespread consumerism and those wounded in its never-ending appetite.

Funded by the Pulitzer Center.

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