The Fashion Industry's Dirty Secret: The World's Most Polluted River in Indonesia

In the heart of Indonesia, the Citarum River, once a pristine lifeline, now stands as a harrowing testament to the fashion industry's dark underbelly. Along its 200-kilometer stretch, factories churn out garments for global brands, releasing toxic chemicals and untreated wastewater into the river, turning it into the world's most polluted. This toxic brew contaminates the water, kills aquatic life, and affects the health of the millions who depend on it, revealing the hidden cost of fast fashion and underscoring the urgent need for sustainable practices in the industry.