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Global Recycling Day: “Recycling Fraternity”


Desk Report: Global Recycling Day is held annually on 18 March to help recognise, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in securing the future of our planet. The day strives to urge world leaders that recycling must be a global issue and encourage people to think resourcefully and not waste when it comes to the goods around us. This year Global Recycling Day theme “Recycling Fraternity”


Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 by the Global Recycling Foundation founded by Ranjit Baxi – who is also the founder of International Recycling Ltd, an international business which exports waste materials from Europe and the USA for recycling into new products in Asia.

Bangladesh’s garment industry, the world’s second-largest exporter of clothes, could reduce its annual spending by half a billion dollars if it recycled cotton waste from its factories and fabric mills. In 2019, the South Asian nation imported about 1.6 million tons of cotton, at a cost of $3.5 billion, while producing 250,000 tons of cotton waste that could have been recycled, said new analysis from the Circular Fashion Partnership (CFP), a project that promotes recycled materials in fashion.

According to a global report, Bangladesh produced 1,000 tonnes of textile waste in a year, amounting to potentially a billion dollar worth of recycled textile. The new analysis showcased a strong case for other markets including Vietnam, Turkey, India, Malaysia and Indonesia, claiming there is a $4.5 billion worth of opportunity of recycling textile.

The report also highlights the actions needed to overcome the barriers to scaling systems, including formalising the informal waste management sector, providing alternatives to current used-cases for textile waste and assuring the supply of quality feedstock and demand for recycling output.

Recently published a study, The apparel sector of Bangladesh is losing $0.70 for every piece of apparel the country exports.The study also said that a big volume of waste is generated as byproducts of the manufacturing processes. The common wastes of the textile and apparel manufacturing processes are cotton lint, damaged yarn, fly fibre, scrap yarn, greige, rejected coloured fabric, excess finished fabric, unfinished fabric, unfinished cones, fabric cut pieces, excess apparel etc, the study said.

The study also said that the traceability of the production waste is essential and can be achieved through collaborations among manufacturers, buyers, government, consumers and practitioners to ensure optimum utilization for achieving sustainability through a circular economy. According to industry insider, Bangladesh can play a vital role in transforming to a sustainable and circular economy with the joint initiatives of the government, brands, and manufacturers.

Source: Bangladesh can play a vital role in transforming to a sustainable and circular economy