Bangladesh recently organised a conference to highlight and underline the importance of circular economy as a solution to both climate and wastage problem.
ActionAid Bangladesh hosted a panel discussion during the conference jointly organised by International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and International University of Bangladesh (IUB), in which stakeholders and domain experts, including representatives from the country’s apex garment manufacturers’ body the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), participated.
Taking part in a session titled ‘Circular Economy: Addressing Poverty and Exclusion for Climate Justice’, Director of BGMEA, Asif Ibrahim, said the RMG sector has already taken initiatives and most of the big brands, which are the buyers of Bangladesh, have taken initiatives to promote circular economy and suppliers in Bangladesh have also started to align themselves with the idea.
“Yet, much of the production in the entire manufacture industry, including garments sector, is operating in linear economy producing waste and pollution,” Asif said adding that time has come for everybody to wake up and manufacturers need to take initiatives to bring the change.
“We have to reengineer the economic system. Specially, our garment industry is a big opportunity for us. If we can promote and ensure circular economy minimising pollution and waste, it will benefit our environment, our life as well as bring reputation to our products in the global market,” underlined Dr. Saleemul Haque, Director of ICCCAD while adding that the future economy cannot sustain producing industrial waste in such amount.