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SGS Offers, Sustainable Solutions in the Textile Industry: Reshaping the Future in EU Market

The consumer behavior and expectations in fashion trend is ever changing. Consumer demand is getting higher day by day with the superiority of technology. Also, the new trend of buying is being observed after the post-pandemic impact. Sustainability is getting bigger place to every stake holders in the supply chain. To understand the complex process that involves strategic decisions, adaptability, and the integration of new technologies SGS Bangladesh organized a workshop with the title “Reshaping the Future: Sustainable Solutions in the Textile Industry, with a Focus on EU Market Trends”. The event takes place in Six Seasons Hotel in May 2024 where leading textile brands, trading houses and renowned supplychain stakeholders took part in the seminar and exchange their views towards the latest trend, new technology and upcoming fashion demand.

Mr. Abdur Rashid, country managing Director of SGS Bangladesh inaugurated the event. He welcomed everyone and expressed his gratitude towards the audiences as industry experts, leading European brands, trading houses and renowned supply chain representatives for taking part in the event. As part a regular endeavor and committed to adding value to our society, SGS organize knowledge sharing sessions which helps the industry to understand regulatory and customer’s requirements. He expected this event will be insightful for all the stakeholders and would be a interactive session.

SGS provides world’s most comprehensive range of Testing, Inspection and Certification services for ensuring product quality, safety and sustainability powered by leading technology and digital tools. It’s global network of experts supports the industry at every stage from design, production, distribution to comply regulatory requirements for the export and import of goods. SGS have all the relevant quality assessment services available in Bangladesh locally which helps the industry to find all business supportive solutions under one umbrella. Starting from business compliance assessment, testing of the raw materials and finished products, quality, inspection and loading supervision, SGS have footprint in every aspect of business.

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Caroline MERCIER Head of Softlines, SGS France was the keynote speaker who presented the topic “Reshaping Global Supply Chain: Emphasizing Sustainability & Circular Economy”. In her topics she emphasizes how upcoming fashion trend impacts Sustainability. The global context with hyper-competition and new technology creating growing impact in carbon emissions which leading to climate urgency. To face the climate urgency, it is right time to promote more sustainable product design and reduce waste. Ms. Caroline emphasizes to circular economy concept of reusing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials & products as much as possible. She also presented a brief highlight on Legislations of Circular Economy of France and Re-fashion Eco-modulation. Audience and industry experts found the topic most interesting and exchanged their view towards the necessary.

Another industry-demanded topic “Chemical Management and Recycled Polyester (rPET)” presented by Mr Rafiqul Islam, Chemical laboratory manager, SGS Bangladesh. He demonstrated how SGS chemical management supports the drivers for chemical sustainability. Implementation of best practices and continuous improvement in chemical management can bring comprehensive success. A combination of supply chain training, chemical assessment and field assessment can make a difference. His other topic Recycled Polyester (rPET) made the audience curious towards upcoming fashion and sustainable solutions. Use of recycled polyester in textiles will be boost by 45% by end of 2025. Mr. Rafiq explained how to ensure the presence of recycled polyester in supply chain, the certification demand and challenges and SGS solution for the rPET traceability was discussed during the session. Last but not the list “Fiber Fragmentation and Durable Wash Program” another industry hot topic presented by Mr. Muin Uddin, Physical laboratory manager. Microplastics are ingested by all kinds of living organisms. High levels of exposure to microplastics are believed to induce inflammatory reactions and toxicity. Fiber fragment is high concern of environmental pollution. Mr. Muin explained various evaluation methods of microfiber, Microfibre 2030 commitments and roadmap, SGS Engagement in fiber fragmentation and available service. Durable wash programs at present a growing market demand. With the implementation of legislation of circular economy and changing consumer behaviour towards sustainable and quality products, durable wash products became a time-demand fashion element. Industry experts shared their challenges in achieving quality and exchanging their contributions towards the change.

Group Picture of the participants

During the conclusion session, everyone thanked SGS and shared their views that they learnt many new and con-current technologies with solutions and they got benefitted from such event.

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