Being an entrepreneur, Zakir Hossain, a resident of Kaurail village in Saista union of Shingair upazila under Manikganj district, always thinks to develop ideas for new business.
Once around three year ago, he found that one of the persons known to him was developing a business of making and selling mats made of leftover plastic ropes used to tie garments cartons.
He immediately began contacting different people who could help him in stepping into the new business and arranging everything he required. Since then he never had to look behind.
“There are a good number of garment factories in Savar and Gazipur which sell plastic ropes. I contacted them. And then I searched for workers who were efficient in preparing mats and other products using those ropes,” Zakir said.
He was cautious in the initially. Therefore, he didn’t buy much rope but he extended his business gradually as he began receiving more orders.
“Initially, I bought per kg of plastic rope at Tk40 to 45 and gave Tk30 to 35 to the workers for preparing product using per kg plastic rope and I used to sell a mat at Tk100 to 110. Now I buy per kg of plastic rope at Tk75 and pay Tk 40 as wage for using per kg of rope and sell a mat at Tk 130,” he said.
According to Zakir, price of plastic rope has increased and its demand also has gone high. More people are now doing this business observing his success. Zakir usually sells plastic mat and fence prepared by plastic rope and depending on season, he earns at least Tk15,000 to 20,000 per month.
He is not only making a good business out of plastic rope but also creating employment for others. He pays Tk55,000 to 60,000 to two of his workers every month.
Mubarak Hossain, one of Zakir’s workers, said, “Since I learned preparing mat and fence from plastic rope, I didn’t need to think about my living. I have been improving my skill and earning a good amount of money every month.”
If these plastic ropes were not used they would be thrown away and would harm the environment. An innovative thinking has made all the difference as a good business has been developed from plastic leftovers.
And this business will grow further and continue benefitting entrepreneurs and workers.