3 other garment factories obtain global ecological recognition

Three more Bangladeshi garment factories received international recognition for being green yesterday, bringing the total to 171, although international clothing retailers and brands are still not paying premium prices for garments produced by these suppliers.

All three have received platinum-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States of Green Building Council (USGBC).

These include Sharaf garment washing and dyeing industries in Norosinghopur, Debonair and Orbitex knitwear in Ashulia and Fatullah garments in Jalkuri.

Among the certifications obtained by the Bangladeshi entities, 53 are ranked platinum, 104 gold and 10 silver while four have simply received certifications, according to data from the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Some 550 other factories are registered with the USGBC, on track to receive LEED certifications.

Nine of the world’s 10 greenest factories are located in Bangladesh, making it a global champion in the production of green clothing. Moreover, out of 50 of the greenest garment factories, 41 are located in Bangladesh.

The three are: Sharaf Apparels Washing & Dyeing Industries in Norosinghopur, Debonair and Orbitex Knitwear in Ashulia, and Fatullah Apparels in Jalkuri.

Local clothing manufacturers began to focus on building eco-friendly clothing factories after the country’s deadliest twin industrial disaster – the Tazreen Fashions fire and the Rana Plaza building collapse – mainly to restore the image of the sector and the country with international communities.

However, international retailers and brands still do not pay a premium price for products from green factories.

“Buyers don’t have to pay high prices because they don’t suggest building green factories,” said Fazlee Shamim Ehsan, owner of knitwear factory Fatullah Apparels, the latest recipient of the world’s best platinum certification. noted.

Previously, another Narayanganj-based knitwear factory, Plummy Fashions, was the greenest knitwear factory in the world, BGMEA said.

Ehsan, who spent Tk 30 crore on his new unit, however, said he could negotiate with buyers now that his factory being green indicated better compliance with laws and environmental protection while doing business.

“We are showing our responsibility with building green factories. Now is the time to show the responsibility of buyers to pay more,” said Ehsan, who employs 600 workers and ships knitted jackets, hoodies and apparel. night worth $6 million a year.

Fazlul Hoque, managing director of Plummy Fashions, echoed her.

Many international retailers and brands pay better prices for using organic cotton. Going forward, buyers could also pay better prices for products from green factories, he said.

Green clothing factories have an advantage in negotiating with buyers, Hoque said. “We have brought about a qualitative change in the global apparel industry supply chain through the construction of green garment factories,” Hoque said.

BGMEA chairman Faruque Hassan said green factories were more likely to receive work orders, even at times when there was not much to offer from buyers in the first place.

Moreover, currently, the government also grants certain facilities to the owners of green garment factories – corporate tax for green factories is 10% while non-green units are 12%.

Michael O. Stutler