The Bangladeshi Textile Sector: And its Not-So-Fashionable Health Implications


In the growing world of fast fashion and its ever-decreasing prices, the average consumer is too often unaware of the ‘shadow world’ of the global textile industry. Each t-shirt and each pair of jeans hanging in our local shops may indeed have a dire story to tell; potentially entailing child labor and environmental exploitation and degradation. This paper sheds light upon the health-related consequences of such an unscrupulous industry, with specific reference to Bangladesh, the second-largest exporter of textiles in the world. It provides a contextual overview of the industry, highlighting its relationship to a wide scope of health outcomes linked to multiple stages of garments’ processing.

By: Ruwa Mahdi & Manucheher Shafee

Published on March 13, 2020

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