New Report Exposes Forced Labor, Toxic Occupational Hazards, and Climate Warming Impacts of Vinyl Flooring Industry
A new article in the investigative journalism outlet, The Intercept, titled Toxic Tiles: How Vinyl Flooring Made With Uyghur Forced Labor Ends Up at Big Box Stores, reveals the human rights abuses and environmental health hazards inherent in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturing. The article follows the complex PVC manufacturing process and profiles one manufacturing plant called Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Plant. This is located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR or Uyghur Region), a region where experts say the Chinese government has perpetrated a widespread campaign of repression, internment, surveillance, and forced labor.
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