A factory that makes garments for the garment industry in Dhaka is growing by 50% a year, according to figures obtained by the BBC.
Garment factories are a crucial part of Bangladesh’s economy, but they are also vulnerable to environmental degradation, including acid rain, and a lack of regulation.
The factories are located near the border with India and are used to produce garments for Western companies such as Nike, Uniqlo and Adidas.
But the industry is also vulnerable because they are built in poor areas of the country.
The garment factories in Bangladesh employ between 3,000 and 4,000 workers.
Most of them are women who are not paid enough to provide for their families.
The UN estimates that at least 15 million people in the country are living in poverty.
“We are talking about the largest garment industry which is a key source of employment in Bangladesh and the biggest garment producing country in the world,” said Maria Almeida, an expert on garment industry at the World Bank, referring to the garment factories.
“There are many sectors which are not well regulated and there is a huge gap in enforcement of the regulations.
This has created a huge challenge for the industry, not just in Bangladesh, but also around the world.”
Garment factory in Dhakarasul village in Dhading district, Bangladesh. More: