Documentary – The Toxic Price of Leather

Documentary – The Toxic Price of Leather

Apart from concerns about the treatment of animals in the leather industry, there is another alarming factor to be aware of: the toxicity of tanning leather. The processes in conventional leather tanneries demand a huge amount of toxic chemicals, such as chromium, that can be found in their waste water, which is being discharged freely into local waterways in case of lacking disposal measures for the protection of the environment – as can be found amongst many emerging economies.

The well made short documentary of Sean Gallagher pictures the enivronmental and social costs caused by the tanneries of the city of Kanpur, the biggest producer and exporter of leather goods for western markets in India, that are destroying the local Ganges River ecologically and are also affecting peoples health. Much worth to be watched for a first impression and even after the closure or modernization of most mills since early 2015.