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“bluesign® would like to offer its expertise and solutions for sustainable business model in Bangladesh”

Globally bluesign® is in terms of chemical management considered to be the most technically advanced solution provider for sustainable textile productions.

The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only to ensure that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also provides confidence to the consumer to acquire a sustainable product. Md. Shahan Reza, Country Relation Manager of bluesign® System in a recent conversation with Textile Today shared recent activities of bluesign®, its contribution for sustainability in the textile industry and its future role in terms of Bangladesh’s perspective.

Figure: Md. Shahan Reza Country Relation Manager, Bangladesh Bluesign® System
Figure: Md. Shahan Reza, Country Relation Manager, Bangladesh, bluesign® System.

Textile Today: Could you please tell us about bluesign®‘s main focus areas?

Shahan Reza: The bluesign® system with its Input Stream Management is the solution for sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process. bluesign® focus on people (consumers as well as occupational health and safety), environment protection (Water, Air, Waste, and Soil) and responsible use of resources (e.g. energy, water, chemicals). bluesign® has more than 560 system partners worldwide, approx. 900 restricted substances and around 11,000 safe chemical products. These numbers show its strength in technical know-how and its persistent persuasion for the implementation of its commitments for a safe environment.

Textile Today: How is bluesign® contributing to sustainability in textile?

Shahan Reza: Sustainability is a huge topic. In 2015, the Head of States, Governments and High Representatives, meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, have decided on new global Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets goals should stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. Out of those 17 goals, there are many which are very specific about the environment, workers’ safety, hazardous chemicals, responsible sourcing etc. These areas are exactly on which the bluesign® system focuses.

The bluesign® system unites the entire textile supply chain to jointly reduce its impact on people and the environment. Our goal is to link chemical suppliers, textile manufacturers and brands together to foster a healthy, responsible, and profitable textile industry.

Md. Shahan Reza, Country Relation Manager, Bangladesh, bluesign® System

The bluesign® system guarantees the application of sustainable ingredients in a clean process at which end stands a safely manufactured product. As a result, the textile industry manages the natural resources soundly and responsibly, reduces water and air emissions, improves its wastewater treatment and generally reduces its ecological footprint. With this holistic approach, the bluesign® system unites all partners of the textile industry to realize an environmentally friendly, sustainable textile production worldwide.

Textile Today:  What is the method bluesign® follows to implement sustainability?

Shahan Reza: The bluesign® system unites the entire textile supply chain to jointly reduce its impact on people and the environment. Our goal is to link chemical suppliers, textile manufacturers and brands together to foster a healthy, responsible, and profitable textile industry. The unique combination of expertise in key segments of textile production such as chemistry, textile technology, environmental technology, and supply chain management characterizes our identity as a service provider. The most stringent criteria and monitoring of on-site implementation encourage companies along the entire textile value-chain to improve their sustainability performance.

Textile Today: Please explain bluesign®’s future role in terms of the Bangladesh context.

Shahan Reza: Bangladesh is a manufacturing-based country. RMG and leather are the two most important export sectors for Bangladesh. And these two sectors are among the three most polluting sectors in the world. Now, as a citizen of Bangladesh, I should be worried about the environmental risks which are being increasing day by day. Bangladesh is being considered as one of the most vulnerable countries in terms of climate change, water scarcity and environmental impact. If we do not act proactively, it is going to impact our future generation, even us probably within the near future.

Also Read: Viyellatex achieves Bluesign® certificate for first time as Bangladeshi apparel manufacturer

Globally bluesign® is in terms of chemical management considered to be the most technically advanced solution provider for sustainable textile productions. And so, bluesign® would like to offer its expertise and solutions to the respective stakeholders so that it can support the creation of a safer environment with a sustainable business model for Bangladesh.

Textile Today: There are many certification companies in the market, how do you differentiate bluesign® with others?

Shahan Reza: Providing certification is not the major goal of bluesign®, cleaning up the supply chain with its expertise and solutions is. The holistic bluesign® approach not only defines hazard-based threshold limits; bluesign® also performs for each chemical product and each individual substance exposure a scenario release and risk evaluation. Furthermore, the bluesign® system has the most stringent criteria in terms of ensuring the environment and chemical management.

Textile Today: What you think is the effective way forward for ensuring safety for people and the environment as you have mentioned?

Shahan Reza: We should act to increase the level of awareness of customers so that they buy more and more environment-friendly products. Which, by the way, from a holistic point of view is not always the more expensive product. We need to understand that, if the environment goes wrong, everyone will be affected. So, this is the time to share the same vision and mission to ensure a sustainable business model which will have the ultimate positive impact on human and nature.

 

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