‘Bangladesh Circular economy summit’ was recently organized by BAE – Bangladesh Apparel Exchange in collaboration with ‘Laudes Foundation’ and in partnership with P4G, powered by GIZ, Dutch embassy in Bangladesh and H&M group. The leaders had said that the next level of growth that Bangladesh need has to be through Circularity in fashion industry.
Among the many re-known figures, Mr. Atiqul Islam,mayor of Dhaka north city corporation, Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP, Anne Van Leeuwen, Ambassador of Netherlands in Bangladesh, Edimon Ginting, country director, ADB, Head of sustainability , H&M group, Leyla Ertur, Dr. Bernard Spainer, Deputy Head of delegation from European Union, Mr. Mustafiz Uddin, founder and CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange were the key speaker at the event.
Dhaka North, the city mayor, Mr. Atiqul Islam said about ‘3R’ that is Reduce, Recycle and Re-use are the keys for sustainability. Additionally, extended product or producer’s responsibility as stipulated by the EU is to be a mandatory for apparel producers in Bangladesh thus the importance of promoting circular fashion in the country cannot be overstated.
In linear economy, we produce, consume and throw away which are not sustainable. So, we got to make the shift from linear to circularity economy as to keep the resources in use for a long possible period, extract the maximum value and products. “For the business cases for circularity has to be win-win for manufacturers and buyers.”
The summit was comprised of 4 plenary sessions, 3 keynotes, 3 presentations and a roundtable chat.
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