Prospects in Denim production

Emphasizing the use of environment friendly technology in RMG production, experts at a panel discussion on Monday said that it is possible to minimize the environmental impact of denim production.

They expressed the opinion that new and environment friendly denim production techniques are important for the sustainability of the industry.

denimsandjeansThe panel discussion “Development Prospects in Denim Production – the Way Forward” was organized in a city hotel as part of the 3rd Bangladesh Show-2015. The Panel Discussion was organized by the technical partner of the show Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh.

Sandeep Agarwal, organizer of the Bangladesh show, said Bangladesh has already started to use environment friendly technology in denim, jeans, cotton, fabrics and RMG production and is doing very well in all major apparel markets.

He said the environment is impacted worldwide in every stage of denim production due to uses of water, fuel, chemicals etc.

Kazi Mohammad Iqbal Hossain, C & A Regional Sustainability Manager, said that only one per cent of total cotton production worldwide is organic.

“Support to cotton producers from both local and foreign investors has to be increased towards boosting the environment friendly cotton production,” he added.

Adriano Goldschmied, the founder of Diesel, Replay and other brands, said that Bangladesh is doing very well in the world apparel market, and has to further focuson manufacturing products while keeping up with the demand of global consumers and ever-changing fashion trends.

Zahin Rahman, Environmental Advisor of GIZ, stated that there is a business case to be made for training workers in occupational health and safety and providing proper working conditions.

TusharTripathi, CEO Envoy Textiles, commented that incentivizing workers to comply with health and safety regulations and training them on the reasoning behind the health and safety measures can have a deep impact on the working environment.

Italian designer Piero Turk also took part in the discussion while Faruque Hassan, former Vice-President of BGMEA, and Managing Director of Giant group moderated the discussion.

Technical experts and high-ranking officials from denim fabric makers, denim Ready-Made Garments (RMG) factories, GIZ, renowned brands and an international chemical company participated in the discussion as panelists including Thomas Dislich CEO Vicunha Europe, Abhishek Jain of Huntsman and others.

The Panel Discussion was attended by local service providers, representatives from different brands and buying houses, apparel entrepreneurs, fashion professionals, companies related to technology, chemicals, dyestuff and other stakeholders from Europe, USA, UK and several Asian countries.

The two-day Bangladesh Show was held on 1st and 2nd March at Radisson Hotel.