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Waste from Adidas, Walmart, other brands fuelling Cambodia brick

Waste from at least 19 international brands including Adidas and Walmart is being used to fuel kilns in brick factories in Cambodia, and some workers were falling ill as reported by Reuters. The report was derived from 21 brick factories in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and neighboring Kandal province between April and September, as well as interviews with current and former workers. This report as presented by a local rights group, the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, commonly known by its French acronym LICADHO, found pre-consumer garment waste including fabric, plastic, rubber, and other materials from the brands was being burned at seven factories. The factories were burning garment waste to save on fuel costs, it said. "Several workers reported that burning garment waste caused them headaches and respiratory problems; another worker reported that it made her feel especially unwell during her pregnancies," the report said. Several brands, including Primark and Lidl, said they were investigating the matter. Burning garment waste is toxic to humans since the ashes contain high levels of pollutants, according to an internal 2020 study by the U.N. Read more: https://www.reuters.com/sustainability/waste-adidas-walmart-other-brands-fuelling-cambodia-brick-kilns-report-2023-11-20/

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  • Abraham Jok Atem

    15 w

    This is so unfortunate

    • Rashid Kamau

      21 w

      Urgent action is needed,people's well-being and ecosystem really matter.

      • Esther Wanjiku

        30 w

        This is very unfortunate

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        • rosebellendiritu

          30 w

          These are giant companies that have the knowledge on matters of climate,pollution e.t.c,they are just but ignorant and they don't seem to care.

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          • Joseph Githinji

            30 w

            @rosebellendiritu they must be penalised for this big mistake.

          • mercy nduta

            30 w

            These organizations should be on the forefront to prioritize peoples' well-being.

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            • Princess

              30 w

              @mercy_nduta_984 Indeed...it's a fundamental responsibility for sustainable and ethical practices.

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            • Princess

              30 w

              This is deeply concerning 😟.

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              • Tabitha Kimani

                30 w

                Endangering people's health is very wrong. They should be held accountable.

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  30 w

                  @tabitha_kimani true, they have to be responsible for their actions.

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                • Gorffly mokua

                  30 w

                  Stricter measures should be taken against this to promote responsible waste management practices across global supply chains.

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                  • Joseph Githinji

                    30 w

                    @gorffly_mokua true the law must be adhered to.

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                  • Edwin wangombe

                    30 w

                    this is really unfortunate ... these organizations should try to prioritize recycling

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                    • Joseph Githinji

                      30 w

                      @edwin_wangombe I agree, recycling is creation.

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                    • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                      30 w

                      The revelation that waste from major international brands, including Adidas and Walmart, is being used to fuel brick kilns in Cambodia raises serious environmental and health concerns. The practice of burning pre-consumer garment waste at these factories, driven by a desire to cut fuel costs, poses risks to workers' health, causing reported headaches and respiratory problems. The findings, presented by the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, prompt calls for accountability and investigation. Brands such as Primark and Lidl have expressed intentions to look into the matter. This highlights the urgent need for responsible waste management practices within the fashion industry to mitigate the environmental and health impacts associated with such practices, aligning with broader global efforts to address climate change.

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                      • Joseph Githinji

                        30 w

                        @rukia_ahmed_abdi this organisations must stop prioritizing profits over the people's interests.

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