Renewable Matter # 20 / February-March

Pollution as Blue as Our Jeans

by Laura Filios, Diana Bagnoli

Water so polluted that it is no longer possible to grow fruit and vegetables, workers getting sick because of close contact with chemical substances. This happens in Tehuacán, Mexico, where the manufacturing of blue jeans continues to test the environment and people’s wellbeing.


In Tehuacán there are over one hundred industrial laundries, some legal and others illegal. For over thirty years the city, in the region of Puebla, has been a cornerstone of the textile industry. Mexico in general, is second only to China in the sector. Once famous for the purity of its water, today Tehuacán is better known for the colour of its water. Blue. Or...

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