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Greening factories boost jobs

Update : 11 May 2015, 07:02 PM

We welcome the growing number of investments being made by Bangladeshi RMG companies in making factories more environmentally friendly.

The Ginat Group’s latest venture includes state-of-the-art environmentally friendly energy-saving and water-saving technolgies as part of a new fully vertically integrated composite knit unit designed to produce 25 tonnes of fabrics a day.

It is encouraging to see this investment which will reduce carbon emissions as well as saving water being supported by Spain’s Zara-Inditex, one of the world’s largest apparel retailers, with the help of the IFC backed Partnership Agreement on Cleaner Textiles (PACT) program.

The new unit is equipped with a full-fledged biological ETP solution that can be used to recycle effluents and convert it to organic fertiliser.

Other large RMG manufacturers, including ABA Group, Envoy Textile and Viyellatex have been undertaking similar initiatives to build greener factories.

Although such moves have typically involved higher upfront costs, the companies’ investments in purpose-built green factories is justified by reducing long-term maintenance costs and increasing their attractiveness to global buyers and consumers.

As consumers all around the world and leading brands are placing ever more importance on good factory environments and environmental sustainability,  more such initiatives will help enhance the competitiveness of Bangladeshi products in the global marketplace.

The government should do more to promote the building of such factories  by supporting tax incentives and allowing more duty-free import of equipment required to establish eco-friendly factories.

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