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SDC summit creates awareness on chemical compliance in the textile supply chain

Society of Dyers and Colorist (SDC) organized an International summit on February 7, 2018, at Hotel Six Season in Dhaka aiming to create awareness about chemical compliance among three major sectors of the textile supply chain namely certification, coloration and fashion. The prestigious summit had a gathering of textile testing laboratories, brands and retailers, buyers, dye houses and academia’s where Bangladesh Textile Today was the media partner.

Figure 1: Distinguished guests and participants were present at SDC conference.
Figure 1: Distinguished guests and participants were present at SDC conference.

Representatives from Switzerland, India, Sri Lanka, South Korea and Hong Kong were present where SDC President Dr. Prof K W Philip Yeung, BUFT Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan, Dysin Managing Director Amanur Rahman, Rossari Biotech Vice President Puneet Arora, and TUV Rheinland Bangladesh’s Managing Director Md Saiful Islam Khan were present among the attendees.

Dr. Prof K W Philip Yeung presented a keynote on ‘Sustainability-A driver for fashion business growth’. He highlighted current situation of fashion industry saying “Consumers demand products at lower prices, fashion companies pressurize suppliers to produce a huge volume at a low price in tight deadlines.”

He provided an overview on how sustainability as a concept is been adopted by various stakeholders of the textile industry. “Sustainability is one of the major directions in running a business. Brands requirements on environmental, social and chemical use are increasing. Good management and innovation can help you develop new business on sustainability areas,” Philip added.

Figure 2: SDC President, Dr. Prof K W Philip Yeung delivered his speech.
Figure 2: SDC President, Dr. Prof K W Philip Yeung delivered his speech.

He provided insights into how the Hongkong industry is trying to rejuvenate its textile manufacturing sector by investing in high technologies that adhere to the ‘circular economy’. He explained the Higg Index, Activity-based Carbon Foot Print Modelling (ACFM), Activity-based water Foot Print Modelling (AWFM).

The Higg Index a self-assessment tool that enables rapid learning through identification of environmental and social sustainability improvement opportunities.

Figure 3: the key concept of Higg Index of sustainable apparel coalition.
Figure 3: the key concept of Higg Index of sustainable apparel coalition.

He also encouraged the attendees to attend the Fashion Summit 2018, which is scheduled for September 2018 in Hong Kong.

Figure 4: Amanur Rahman, Managing Director of Dycin, was deliberating at the panel discussion on ‘Compliance in Certification’.
Figure 4: Amanur Rahman, Managing Director of Dysin, was deliberating at the panel discussion on ‘Compliance in Certification’.

Three panel discussions were held in the summit. Yogesh Gaikwad was the moderator of the first panel discussion on ‘Compliance in Certification’ where Amanur Rahman, Managing Director of Dycin, Dreszig Christian Head Marketing and Communication Bluesign Technologies, Muin Uddin, laboratory Manager SGS Bangladesh Ltd. were the panelists.

Panelists highlighted the safety and hazardous issues related to the dyes and chemical manufactures. Training of dyestuff supplier and the dye house quality assurance teams for newer compliance norms would minimize conflicts among stakeholders, they opined.

The next session was on ‘Compliance in Coloration’ where Puneet Arora from Rossari Biotech and M W Shohan from ERI were the speakers. Puneet Arora talked about innovation. M W Shohan’s presentation was a wake-up call for the attendees after the lunch. He stressed on to reduce the use of water.  Measuring of resources used for manufacturing is the first step in increasing efficiency and reduces wastage, he added.

Figure 5: Mr. Puneet Arora Vice President, Rossari Biotech Ltd.
Figure 5: Mr. Puneet Arora Vice President, Rossari Biotech Ltd.

He provided solutions for effective treatment of light, medium and heavy effluent by changing the layout of treatment. “The textile industry is facing extraordinary challenges due to the scarcity of its key resources – energy and water.  Failing to implement energy and water recovery options will lead to the unsustainability soon,” he added.

The panel discussion suggested various means to improve sustainability in coloration, including training of shop floor supervisors for reducing wastage and increase efficiency.

Figure 6: The panel discussion that included Mr. Puneet and Mr. Shohan along with Mr. Sampath Eraphola -Director Fashion Xpress, Most. Setara Begum Assistant Professor for the Department of Textile Engineering-BUFT and the moderator was Mr. Yogesh Gaikwad.
Figure 6: The panel discussion that included Mr. Puneet and Mr. Shohan along with Mr. Sampath Eraphola -Director Fashion Xpress, Most. Setara Begum Assistant Professor for the Department of Textile Engineering-BUFT and the moderator was Mr. Yogesh Gaikwad.

The Third session was on ‘Compliance in Fashion’ where Tareq Amin, Editor, and publisher of Textile Today, was the moderator. Panelist included Parama Shayntony, Assistant Professor of Hanseo University in South Korea, Rayed Barkat teaching Design and Sustainability in Fashion at BUFT. Panelists said that recycling can be a major industry in the years to come and many have made profitable enterprises with recycling as core business. They also discussed on the manufacturing of long-lasting and renewable textiles, complete recycling of polyester by mechanical process, design ideas that use on renewal resources.

It was one of the most interactive sessions. Tareq Amin asked some questions to the panel members about the impact of compliance of fashion on the consumer behavior, the main motivation of people go for shopping, key points of Copenhagen fashion summit and circular fashion.

In the panel discussion panelists discussed on several issues including recycling can be a major industry in the years to come and many have made profitable enterprises with recycling as a core business, manufacturing of long-lasting and renewable textiles, complete recycling of polyester by mechanical process, design ideas that use on renewal resources.

Figure 7: Tareq Amin, Editor and Publisher Textile Today was moderating the third panel discussion.
Figure 7: Tareq Amin, Editor and Publisher Textile Today was moderating the third panel discussion.

Maximum time people like to buy that product, which has high brand value, they have no consciousness about sustainable fashion, said Ms. Parama Shayntony. Many brands are already taking initiative to make sustainable fashion, Parama added.

 Md. Arafat Abubakar, Manager (Raw Materials) of PVH Corporation said, “Sustainability is the major initiative of most of the brands.”

Figure 8: Arafat Abubakar, Raw Material Manager of PVH Corporation Ltd.
Figure 8: Arafat Abubakar, Raw Material Manager of PVH Corporation Ltd.

“I think awareness about the sustainability of our suppliers in Bangladesh is increasing. Lots of exhibition and events are happening focused on sustainability. Bangladesh is going not only making garments but also creating awareness and expertise,” said Arafat Abubakar.

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