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Bangladesh’s apparel industry is revolutionizing the fashion world by embracing a circular economy!

Dhaka 11th June: Fashion industry leaders, organizations, and government representatives came together for the 2nd Bangladesh Circular Economy Summit in Dhaka to exchange insights and expertise aimed at advancing circularity within the apparel and textiles sector in Bangladesh.

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Figure 01: 2nd Bangladesh Circular Economy Summit held in Dhaka

The Summit, organized by the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) in collaboration with German development cooperation agency GIZ and in association with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh at Radisson Blu Water Garden, Dhaka on June 11, spotlighted the importance and ways of transitioning from a linear economic model to one that prioritizes resource efficiency and waste reduction.

The discussions and engagement at the summit aimed at propelling the transition from a linear to a circular model in Bangladesh’s apparel and textile industries.

The summit began with an inaugural ceremony, followed by four insightful plenary sessions, three engaging panel discussions, and an innovative breakout session. Through these platforms, participants explored strategies to accelerate the adoption of circular practices within Bangladesh’s apparel and textile industries.

Distinguish Speakers of the Opening ceremony were in below:

Chief Guest:

H.E. Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Honorable Minister for Textiles & Jute, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh,

Mr. Siddiqur Rahman, former President of BGMEA as the Special Guest

Mr. Thijs Woudstra, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh as the Special Guest

Mr. Jan Janowski, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Germany in Bangladesh as the Special Guest

Mr. Mostafiz Uddin, Founder & CEO, Bangladesh Apparel Exchange

Chief Guest H.E. Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Honorable Minister for Textiles & Jute, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh said that “Bangladesh apparel industry has come a long way in terms of sustainability. For the development of our country, it largely depends on the apparel and textile industry.

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Figure 02: H.E. Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Honorable Minister for Textiles & Jute, Government of Bangladesh

There have been tremendous safety improvements in the industry. The country’s apparel industry is taking a lead in responsible business. While we are going forward, we need to ensure it is sustainable. Collaboration will be key for circularity and progress.”

“We have only one earth. It is our responsibility to protect it also for our future generation. We have to ensure optimum use of our resources.”

Special Guest Mr. Siddiqur Rahman, former President of BGMEA said “Collaboration between brands and manufacturers is very important to promote the circular fashion. We are your partners. I’m requesting all the brands, please increase your price a little.  Otherwise, we cannot survive.”

“Bangladesh has come a long way in circularity and sustainability. The journey of our industry was not smooth. We overcame every challenge. Our industries maintain the highest standards. The apparel entrepreneurs are adopting sustainable practices and there are more than 200 certified green garments and more 500 are awaiting certifications. Bangladesh is also focusing on a circular economy by reducing materials use and focusing more on recycling. We require support from the developed countries for know-how and technology sharing on circularity. Bangladesh is a sustainable and reliable partner.”

Special Guest Mr. Thijs Woudstra, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh shared “To move one step forward towards circularity, we need to extensively and contextualize the ways to integrate robust visibility systems throughout the supply chain. This will ensure the formation and quality of materials, meeting the regulations and consumer demand for increased transparency from environmental factors.”

“The garments industry of Bangladesh are a powerhouse. By working together, we can unlock the potential of circularity in the economy.”

Special Guest Mr. Jan Janowski, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Germany in Bangladesh said that ““It is high time for Bangladesh to think about more ambitious reforms. Certainly, businesses are often leading the way as pioneers in different sectors. But of course, institutions, governments, and cities also play a very crucial role in creating and enabling the conditions for a circular economy. They can set the direction and they can also be the drivers of innovation and investment.”

“Investing in sustainable production of the circular industries is not only a responsible business decision but also a strategic one that can position Bangladesh further as a leader in sustainable manufacturing and enable industries to play in the global marketplace including Germany and EU.”

“The circular economy tackles one of our greatest challenges in the world: climate change. Thankfully, in Bangladesh there are many wonderful and positive initiatives being taken in terms of circularity. For Bangladesh, the focus has to be on RMG and I am happy to see many of you are here working on that. I am happy that this event today focused on the challenges in circularity.”

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Figure 03: Mr. Mostafiz Uddin, Founder & CEO, Bangladesh Apparel Exchange

And Mr. Mostafiz Uddin, Founder & CEO, Bangladesh Apparel Exchange said ““In 2016, it was the first time I wanted to do a study on waste percentage, and it was so difficult to find out the waste percentage in Bangladesh. But now everyone knows what the waste percentage in Bangladesh is. And it makes me so proud. The Bangladesh apparel industry has come so far that you can see that day by day we are improving more and more.”

“I would ask all of you to please cooperate. Please join this movement, and one day you will see how Bangladesh becomes a leader in sustainability and circularity.”

“Our government, private sectors, partners, and all stakeholders are working hard towards a shared vision. The change starts from you and me. We all have a big role to achieve a collective vision for Bangladesh.”

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Figure 04: Participants at the 2nd Bangladesh Circular Economy Summit.

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