• A child sits next to a vat used for burning leather trimmings on the outskirts of the town of Kanpur. The leather is burned, dried and then used as fertilizer and chicken feed.
  • A factory worker stands with a shoe made of leather produced from the factories of Kanpur. As with much of the city's leather, it is destined for western markets.
  • Factory workers sit amongst large piles of leather shoes in a workshop in the Jajmau area of Kanpur. Many of the city's leather products are destined for western markets.
  • A Reebok export surplus store in the Jajmau area of Kanpur. Leather from the nearby tanneries is used for making a variety of leather products including shoes, bags and clothes. Kanpur has now become the country's leading leather exporter.
  • Goats stand amongst piled-up leather in a small and informal leather-producing tannery in Kanpur.
  • A young woman jumps over a waste water channel from a nearby leather-producing tannery. The water is laced with toxins from the leather treatment process and is discarded directly into water channels that run through the city.
  • A man opens a vat used for burning leather trimmings on the outskirts of the town of Kanpur. The leather is burned, dried and then used as fertilizer and chicken feed.
  • A man cuts pieces of leather in a small, informal leather factory in the city of Kanpur, India.
  • A child worker trims pieces of leather outside of a tannery in the Jajmau area of Kanpur. The city is now India's leading exporter of leather goods, much of which is destined for western markets.
  • A man sits near a vat used for burning leather trimmings on the outskirts of the town of Kanpur. The leather is burnt, dried and then used as fertiliser and chicken feed.
  • A worker stands barefoot next to a collection of leather whips which will be exported to the USA. The city of Kanpur produces a wide variety of leather products that will all be exported to the West.
  • A man sits near a vat used for burning leather trimmings on the outskirts of the town of Kanpur. The leather is burnt, dried and then used as fertiliser and chicken feed. The area is now highly toxic having received the city's industrial waste for many years. Workers have little to no protection.
  • Kiran Devi comes from a small village that is afflicted with water pollution from nearby leather tanneries. It is suspected that increased exposure to harmful toxins during mothers' pregnancies might be causing the increased number of children being born with mental disabilities in the villages outside Kanpur.
  • Two young men work with leather in a tannery workshop in the Jajmau area of Kanpur.
  • Kiran Devi comes from a small village that is afflicted with water pollution from nearby leather tanneries. It is suspected that increased exposure to harmful toxins during mothers' pregnancies might be causing the increased number of children being born with mental disabilities in the villages outside Kanpur.
  • A leather tannery churns out more air pollution that causes problems for both the environment and residents' health.
  • A tannery worker throws treated leather hides into a pile after coming out of a dyeing container. Workers often labor with little to no protection, even though the water used to treat the hides contains dangerous toxins and chemicals. The waste water runs into local sewers, which enter the nearby Ganges River.
  • Factory workers making leather shoes in a workshop in the Jajmau area of Kanpur.
  • A factory worker making leather shoes in a workshop in the Jajmau area of Kanpur.
  • A factory worker making leather shoes in a workshop in the Jajmau area of Kanpur.
  • A worker stands in a small informal leather factory. The dust produced from the manufacturing of products is damaging to the worker's health health hence they try to protect themselves with basic face scarves.
  • A young boy stands on the banks of the Ganges River at sunrise. This stretch of the river is now regarded as the most polluted in its entire length, as a result of the local leather tannery industry which dumps its water waste directly into the river.
  • A man walks along the banks of the Ganges River near the city of Kanpur. Black leather trimmings line the banks as they dry and are prepared for being turned into fertiliser and chicken feed. The city of Kanpur is notorious for having some of the country's worst water pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • Tannery waste water accumulates on farmland on the outskirts on Kanpur. The water emanates from nearby leather tanneries which release tainted water directly onto local farmland.
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