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BGMEA plans to boost RMG sector’s sustainability

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  • 13 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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BGMEA plans to boost RMG sector’s sustainability

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Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is committed to making every possible effort to promote sustainability in the readymade garment industry of Bangladesh and take the sector into a new high.

The trade body has been closely working with various local and international stakeholders to increasingly integrate sustainability in the apparel sector which has already secured the leading position in the world with the highest number of green garment factories.

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan made the remarks during a meeting with Sanjida Rahman Danny, Founding Chairman of PFDA – Vocational Training Center Trust, at BGMEA office in Dhaka on Monday.

Sanjida Rahman called on the BGMEA President to apprise him of their new initiative “Angel eco-Paper” and its potential use in the RMG industry.

PFDA – Vocational Training Center Trust primarily focuses on unconventional and innovative projects related to persons with disabilities, and their most recent initiative is making eco-friendly paper.

Natural waste items such as jute waste, paper waste, and other organic wastes like pineapple heads, paddy or wheat plants after harvest, grass or water hyacinth are used as raw materials to produce the paper. Additionally, waste from garment factories is also a potential raw material of this product.

PFDA – Vocational Training Center Trust intends to use “Angel Eco-Paper” to produce tags for garment products and the shoe industry, where millions of tags are used, with plans for expansion to boxes and other products.

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan hailed the PFDA – Vocational Training Center Trust and showed interest in the “Angel Eco- Paper”.

He also underscored the need for using organic and recycled materials, as per the strategic vision of BGMEA to increase sustainable material mix by 50% by 2030. 

The raw materials required for this process are readily available in most places in the country, which shows promising prospects for expansion of its use in this paper.

The process of creating this eco-friendly paper is entirely organic, completely free from any harmful chemical use, does not require a significant amount of resources, and unlike conventional paper manufacturing, does not require heavy machinery.

Furthermore, they train and employ people with disabilities to work in the manufacturing of this paper.