The Bangladesh Apparel Exchange, in collaboration with Fashion for Good, recently organized the ‘Chemical Recycling Technologies: Manufacturing Markets Gateway’ to promote textile circularity in Bangladesh.
Fashion for Good, a global innovation platform based in Amsterdam, partnered with disruptive technology start-ups Circ and Infinite Fiber Company to drive this initiative, as highlighted in a press release.
During the two-day event, held in Bangladesh, a key player in the garment production sector, focused on exploring the potential of chemical recycling technologies to bolster environmental sustainability.
In general, the initiative aimed to raise awareness about disruptive innovations that could revolutionize the industry’s waste and resource management practices, setting a precedent for sustainable approaches.
The emphasis was on integrating these technologies into the local manufacturing landscape, forging feedstock partnerships, and establishing a value chain for recycled apparel materials.
Priyanka Khanna, the Innovation Director – Scaling at Fashion for Good, expressed, “Bangladesh is an important region for the textile industry worldwide, and we are keen to share our knowledge around innovations with the manufacturers here.” The collaboration brought innovators from Circ and Infinited Fiber Company to engage with and potentially partner with local industry stakeholders.
Noteworthy participants including- Denim Asia, Knit Asia, Progress Apparels, Ananta BD, Reverse Resources, and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) were present there.
Companies like Knit Asia Ltd and Denim Asia, associated with the sustainable brand Noize Jeans, and showcased their commitment to eco-friendly manufacturing processes. Progress Apparels demonstrated its advanced sustainable production facilities, furthering the cause of sustainable practices in the garment industry.
Mostafiz Uddin, the founder and CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange, highlighted the event’s significance for the broader Bangladeshi textile industry, stating, “This tour marks a critical step towards a circular fashion ecosystem in Bangladesh. It goes beyond being just an event, constituting part of a larger movement to incorporate innovative recycling technologies and establish global partnerships for a sustainable fashion industry.’’