Bangladesh’s garment factory means that Rana Plaza পর after the demolition of the building in Savar on April 24, 2013, such an idea spread all over the world. However, Bangladesh has stood quite well for so many days from there. The work has been made easier by renovating the working environment as well as building eco-friendly factories.

At present there are one and a half hundred eco-friendly factories in the garment and textile sector of the country. No other competing country in Bangladesh now has so many eco-friendly factories. Even in the number of eco-friendly factories, Bangladesh is now on top. Not only that, now the entrepreneurs are taking forward the work of setting up hundreds of more eco-friendly factories.

Entrepreneurs in the garment and textile sector say the benefits of setting up eco-friendly factories are reaped from both the country and abroad. World-renowned brands and consumer organizations are showing more interest in making garments in eco-friendly factories. For this reason, the entrepreneurs of these factories have gone a little further in bargaining for additional purchase orders and prices of garments. On the other hand, eco-friendly factories are saving less electricity and water, which is putting less pressure on the environment. On top of this the workers are getting good working environment. In it, the image of clothing and textile industry is getting brighter in the outside world.

Khandaker Golam Moazzem, research director of CPD, a private research institute, said the initiative to set up eco-friendly factories in the country has started small but is slowly growing. It is creating a positive image. Through further expansion of the initiative, there is an opportunity to make Bangladesh a hub for eco-friendly garment production. For that, it is necessary to pay attention to the big as well as small and medium entrepreneurs to build eco-friendly factories.

Abjad Group Chairman Sajjadur Rahman Mridha set up the first eco-friendly factory in the country. In 2012, he set up an eco-friendly garment factory called Vintage Denim Studio at Ishwardi EPZ in Pabna. The Lead Platinum Certified Factory was ranked 90th. Four more of his factories have received Lead Gold certificates. Abba Group currently has 12,500 employees. The annual export is about 300 million dollars, which is 2,565 crore rupees in domestic currency.

Following the path shown by Sajjadur Rahman Mridha, one eco-friendly factory started to be set up in the country. Platinum Lead Factories with a score of 90 or more are Plummy Fashions, Remy Holdings, Mithila Textile Industries, Tarasima Apparels, AR Jeans Producer, Aman Graphics and Design and Kari Knit Composite. There is also one such lead platinum factory in the country which got 100 out of 110 numbers.

Entrepreneur Fazlul Haque set up an eco-friendly garment factory called Plummy Fashions in 2015 in North Narsinghpur of Narayanganj Sadar Upazila. The factory, set up on 21 bighas of land, has 72 per cent open space. The walls around the two-story factory are made of transparent glass instead of adequate amounts of sunlight. Multiple reservoirs have been constructed underground to retain rain water. In addition to using that water, water efficient faucets have been installed in the bathroom.

Fazlul Haque, managing director (MD) of Plummy Fashions, said: But even before Corona, big brands were interested in making garments in eco-friendly factories. It has increased even more during the Corona period. We are at the mercy of the buyers in getting the order for that.

When asked, Sheikh HM Mostafiz, MD of Cute Dress Industries, said, “How much wages you get at the end of the month is more important to the workers.

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