Cleaner Production is must for Bangladesh for a sustainable future:
Later on Viellatex presented their initiatives for sustainability which was followed by two parallel sessions. At the sustainable raw materials section environmentally preferred fibers were introduced by Mr. Charline of TE. By the time another session for sustainable processing show cased the ways of production optimization. The house discussed on the outcome of IFC-SEDF-Solidaridad Cleaner Production (CP) project. Keynote was given by Tufail Ali Zubdi of NEC Consultants while Md. Zahidullah of DBL group shared the benefits achieved by his company after conducting Cleaner Production program. Session moderator Marieke illustrated that 1700 Washing Dyeing and Finishing (WDF) units of Bangladesh is consuming 56 million tons of waste water and producing 0.5 million tons of sludge discharged annually. She put forward Cleaner Production as campaign of reducing use of resources at source by which load on end of the pipe treatment can be reduced. She informed that so far in CP projects companies have invested USD 480000 while estimated cost savings achieved was USD 1.0 million. As per as DBL presentation the company saved around 3.5 million USD in one year by the CP project.
Among others presentations Ms. Gulshan Ara Munni, Quality Assurance Manager of H&M presented H&M’s model of managing restricted substances while she promised and showed the way they are going to ensure Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) by 2020. She informed that H&M, Adidas Group, C&A, Li Ning, Nike Inc,Puma, G-Star etc. are with the ZDHC campaign and more brands are joining. At the responsible chemical sourcing session Huntsman & Novozymes presented their products that can reduce environmental footprints and can contribute for sustainability. Before moving to open discussion session Control Union Country Manager Mr. Mark Prose explained his companies services that can help other companies in supply chain to claim returns for their sustainable practices.