Skip to product information
1 of 3

BAREFOOT

Heavy Metal: How a global corporation poisoned Kodaikanal by Ameer Shahul

Heavy Metal: How a global corporation poisoned Kodaikanal by Ameer Shahul

Regular price Rs 5,750.00 LKR
Regular price Sale price Rs 5,750.00 LKR
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.

In 2001, a Hindustan Unilever-owned thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, made national headlines when a massive dump of broken mercury thermometers was discovered at a local scrapyard. As the multinational corporation conducted one hasty internal assessment after another to save face, state authorities discovered that the company had violated all acceptable guidelines for toxic waste disposal measures, causing grievous harm to its workers? health and the region?s fragile ecosystem.

As evidence of mercury poisoning among workers mounted, the local community ? aided by environmental watchdog Greenpeace and various public-interest organizations ? launched a battle against the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that would last fifteen years, culminating in an undisclosed settlement paid to 600 of its ex-employees. And despite the factory?s closure, scientific reports would reveal mercury levels to be 1,000 times higher than the safe limit, raising serious concerns about HUL?s toxic legacy in the hill station.

For years, Ameer Shahul, a former investigative reporter and Greenpeace campaigner, closely tracked the Kodaikanal mercury poisoning case. The result is Heavy Metal, a blistering account of a colossal industrial tragedy precipitated by corporate negligence and acts of omission and commission at the highest levels.

 Paperback. Macmillian

Shipping & Returns

Shipping / Delivery :

We at Barefoot, will professionally and to the best of our ability and experience,  package all your orders in durable material to prevent wear-and-tear in transit. Our packing is carried out in house and logistics is handled by a professional forwarder or courier that operates throughout the week. 

Shipping in Sri Lanka:

  • We provide delivery Islandwide on prepaid orders. Standard delivery charges, which will be made known to you when accepting your order,¬† will apply on all cash/credit delivery orders.¬†
  • Colombo City Limits: Upto1st Kilogram Rs:450/- each additional Kilogram or part thereof will be an additional Rs:150/-¬†
  • Outside of Colombo: Delivery fee will be calculated based on weight of the order.¬†
  • We are ready to dispatch most orders the very next day or within 2-3 working days. Any custom orders may take longer, a delivery date for the same will be provided via email. Delivery to areas with remote connectivity may also take a longer period.
  • All orders will be delivered to the address mentioned at the time of placing the order. To ensure timely delivery and avoid misplacement, we request you to provide your complete address and check thoroughly before submitting.
  • In case the delivery is not accepted in the first attempt, the cost of re-shipping the products will have to be borne by the customer.

International Shipping : 

If you would like an overseas delivery, please get in touch with us at: shop704@barefoot.lk or +94773882811 for WhatsApp

View full details