Plastic waste yields cotton

  • Women pack cotton produced from plastic waste in sacks at a factory in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    Women pack cotton produced from plastic waste in sacks at a factory in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • A woman collects cotton produced from plastic waste at a factory in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    A woman collects cotton produced from plastic waste at a factory in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • Discarded plastic and polythene bags are being cut into small pieces by a machine at a factory in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar. Cotton will be produced in several phases from recycled waste. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    Discarded plastic and polythene bags are being cut into small pieces by a machine at a factory in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar. Cotton will be produced in several phases from recycled waste. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • A woman picking pieces of plastic waste at a factory in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    A woman picking pieces of plastic waste at a factory in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • A worker crushes plastic waste into smaller pieces using a machine. It is one of several steps taken to produce cotton. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    A worker crushes plastic waste into smaller pieces using a machine. It is one of several steps taken to produce cotton. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • A woman crushes tiny bits of plastic waste using a machine. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    A woman crushes tiny bits of plastic waste using a machine. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • Pieces of plastic waste are being melted in a machine as part of the process to produce cotton. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    Pieces of plastic waste are being melted in a machine as part of the process to produce cotton. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • Pieces of plastic waste are being melted in a machine as part of the process to produce cotton. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    Pieces of plastic waste are being melted in a machine as part of the process to produce cotton. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • Smashed plastic waste is put in another machine in the final stage of the process to produce cotton at a factory in Dhaka's Kamrangirchar. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    Smashed plastic waste is put in another machine in the final stage of the process to produce cotton at a factory in Dhaka's Kamrangirchar. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • A woman collects cotton produced from plastic waste at a factory in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    A woman collects cotton produced from plastic waste at a factory in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • A bag is loaded with 30 kg of cotton to be sent to an apparel factory. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    A bag is loaded with 30 kg of cotton to be sent to an apparel factory. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • A bag is loaded with 30 kg of cotton to be sent to an apparel factory. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    A bag is loaded with 30 kg of cotton to be sent to an apparel factory. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • Workers put their health at risk by working at various factories in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar without using any protective equipment. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    Workers put their health at risk by working at various factories in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar without using any protective equipment. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

  • Workers put their health at risk by working at various factories in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar without using any protective equipment. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu

    Workers put their health at risk by working at various factories in Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar without using any protective equipment. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razu