Superbacteria Could Soon Be Eating China’s Industrial Waste

In a laboratory in Hong Kong, researchers at a textile company are looking for a special ingredient to improve the company’s production process: bacteria. The facility is owned by TAL Apparel Ltd., one of the world’s largest cloth manufacturers, with factories in mainland China and Southeast Asia, and the researchers are trying to identify bacteria that can clean up its vast quantities of waste water more efficiently. It’s one of hundreds of efforts by China’s private and state-owned companies to fix a problem that could end up rewriting the playbook of the global fashion industry.


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