@Jostfranko follows the path of cotton from growers and harvesters in Burkina Faso to production in Bangladesh and Romania, and finally Western Europe in the form of retail garments. Image by Jost Franko. 2016.
January 9, 2017 / Open Society Foundation by Jošt Franko, Meta Krese

Open Society Foundations instagram takeover with the Global supply chain of cotton industry project

January 3, 2017 / Untold Stories by Mark Olalde

South Africa has historically failed to properly regulate closure of the mines that helped build its economy. These photos chronicle the country's attempt to play catch up.

Mbolwa Divele fears a mine would endanger his way of life by destroying grazing land. Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
January 2, 2017 / Saturday Star - IOL by Mark Olalde

Communal land rights often hamper South Africans' claims to the profits from some regions. In the villages around Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape, this battle continues over a proposed titanium mine.

January 1, 2017 / Inter Press Service by Mark Olalde

Abandoned mines, a shrinking minerals extraction workforce and traditional practices combine to produce small-scale miners in South Africa.

December 30, 2016 / Forbes by Esha Chhabra

What is the best time to talk about a company's impact? Dipali Patwa founded a clothing brand that uses organic cotton and artisan-based crafts. Impact, she says, is often misused.

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December 30, 2016 / The Washington Post by Esha Chhabra

Conventional textile manufacturing is tough on both the people who work in it and their land. But a new crop of entrepreneurs are looking to change that harsh reality.

An aerial view of one of Mintails Mining South Africa (Pty) Ltd's mining rights shows extensive, unremediated mine waste. Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
December 26, 2016 / Oxpeckers by Mark Olalde

This investigation combines print, photo, a mini documentary and a searchable dataset to explain never-before-seen data regarding mine closure certificates and financial provisions for rehabilitation...

December 24, 2016 / Untold Stories by Meta Krese

What would change for farmers in Burkina Faso who rely on manual labor if they knew they were competing against farmers in the U.S. who use machines for pressing cotton bales?

Workers are seen in a garment factory in Mirpur area in Dhaka. The factory employs 1200 workers, who mostly produce jeans and jackets. Image by Jost Franko. Bangladesh, 2016.
December 23, 2016 / Untold Stories by Meta Krese

Those who work in Bangladesh's textile industry know that a change in public opinion in the West could mean that they are out of a job.

Local farmers load the cotton onto the Sofitex containers at the collection center, near Boro. Image by Jost Franko. Burkina Faso, 2015.
December 23, 2016 / Untold Stories by Jošt Franko

Photographer Jost Franko follows the path of cotton in Burkina Faso, Bangladesh and Slovenia, where he finds farmers and textile workers who are often struggling—underpaid or mistreated.

Local farmers are seen at the so-called market, a collection center for cotton, in a village near Dano. Image by Jošt Franko. Burkina Faso, 2015.
December 14, 2016 by Meta Krese, Jošt Franko

From cotton farms in Burkina Faso to sweatshops in Bangladesh and Romania, a story of the real costs of our globalized economy.

A garment worker carries jeans to a storage room in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. Image by Jošt Franko. Burkina Faso, 2016.
December 13, 2016 / The Nation by Meta Krese, Jošt Franko

Following the path of cotton from Burkina Faso to Bangladesh to your local mall.