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Circularity, an integration between consuming and manufacturing country

Whether Bangladesh should open its door for importing used garments from EU and USA for promoting Circular Fashion or not.

A panel discussion program held in Denim Expo on 2nd May 2019 explained the necessity to review the opportunities and aspects of Circularity. The session also tried to find out the strategy for Bangladesh regarding Circular Fashion.

Figure: A panel discussion program held in Denim Expo on 2nd May 2019 discussed what should be the strategy for Bangladesh regarding Circular Fashion.

Circular fashion is quite a new concept in the context of sustainable fashion. The Circular Fashion system enables products of today to become the resources of tomorrow.

Ziaur Rahman, Woven Supply Chain Manager of H&M indicated the necessity of policy support for entering and expanding Circular Fashion. Till now Bangladesh doesn’t allow importing of used garments as India and some other countries do, he informed.

Rahman also asked the government to provide support and incentives for Circular Fashion.

Jacob Kahil Jepsen, Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Denmark in Bangladesh told that it’s a journey all the stakes and counterparts have to do a lot of works.

“As Bangladesh is growing fast and still has a lot of scopes to progress further” he indicated that Bangladesh currently becoming more resource efficient mainly focusing for sustainable production. Day by day the country would be more prepared to enter in circularity.

Mostafiz Uddin, Managing Director, Denim Exo opined that circularity is still new in Bangladesh and it will require more time to enter in Circular Fashion. He also told that there is enough technology to recycle waste that are being produced by our fashion industry.

Sharif Zahir, Managing Director, Ananta Group told that this is the time of being more aware and educated on Circular Fashion supply chain. As Bangladesh is gradually being more and more traceable, now there are more data we have. The technologies which are helping us to get real-time data will help us to move forward in the trend.

Ziaur Rahman from H&M told that H&M is committed to go at 100 sustainable in terms of raw materials by 2039 and Circular Fashion is very core part of this. So, H&M is keen to see Bangladesh to enter in Circular Fashion.

Ziaur Rahman added that today about 57% of total material H&M using is either sustainable or recycled. The target is to attain 100% by 2030.

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