As many as 10,000 paper mills in the Indian state of Gujarat have been shut down, and over a thousand people have died.
The problem is not just paper, but paper processing in general, and it’s been an ongoing issue in India.
Paper and ink have become the primary ingredients in the manufacturing of the paper that has traditionally been the primary medium for sending paper back to India.
For decades, India has relied on paper for much of its paper production, but the paper industry has been forced to adapt.
According to a study by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India is facing a paper shortage of over a million tonnes in 2019.
This article originally appeared on The Conversation.