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Viyellatex Group is the first Bangladeshi Knit fabric manufacturer achieving bluesign® certificate

Viyellatex Group is the world’s first knit composite manufacturer became bluesign® system partner. It received bluesign® certificate as the very first Bangladeshi apparel manufacturer on 29 November at Le Meridien, Dhaka.

Viyellatex Group receives bluesign® certificate
Figure 1: Viyellatex Group receives bluesign® certificate as the very first knit composite manufacturer.

The Viyellatex Group is composed of a variety of operational and functional units such as spinning, knitting, dyeing, washing, printing, embroidery, and stitching, all based in the greater Dhaka area. It supplies knit and woven garments, mainly t-shirts and shirts, for top European and American brands, including Puma, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger etc.

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

Recently Textile Today visited Viyellatex to know the details about the accomplishment.

The vision of Viyellatex Group is ‘to be the most regarded company’. They are committed to a cleaner and greener environment. In fact, they drive the business with a responsibility to the society as a corporate body.  It is conscious about sustainability issues from the very beginning of its business journey so they took sustainable initiatives towards ensuring social and environmental prosperity.

David Hasanat, Chairman of Viyellatex Group stated, “From the beginning of the establishment of Viyellatex Group in 1996 we entered into a partnership and collaboration agreement with Huntsman Textile Effects. After the time being we almost used 90-95% complied products as we are committed to becoming an environment-friendly organization.  Moreover, we hired a consultant from Germany in 2009 to continue the growth. By 2010, we were almost ready to be 100% complied factory as Viyellatex Group placed a strong emphasis on sustainability by minimizing energy usage, adopting waste and water recycling, and using only organic materials and environmentally compliant chemicals and dyes.”

“By the late of 2018, we achieved the bluesign® recognition. But the achievement was not so easy because the bluesign® criteria are very stringent to maintain. However, we were successful as we have a policy of using better raw material for production.”

bluesign® frequently assess the company to make sure the criteria set by bluesign® are maintained. A mutually agreed roadmap guarantees the continuous improvement. Every organizational body can be benefited by their global expertise and guidance. There are a lot of tangible and intangible benefits as well who are using bluesign® approved products.

David Hasanat Chairman of Viyellatex Group
Figure 2: David Hasanat, Chairman of Viyellatex Group.

David Hasanat urged the factory owners to use better chemistry to fulfill today’s needs, which is given if inputs and products comply with the bluesign® criteria so that Bangladesh as a country can have a better image as a sustainable-focused nation to produce a safer product for the end consumer. He expressed his expectation to grow all together in a sustainable way.

Shahan Reza, Country Relation Manager, Bangladesh of bluesign® highlighted the importance of bluesign® and said, “By the end of 2019, because of the DETOX campaign, there is a possibility of increased difficulty for not using safe materials. Along with that, out of 17 goals from SDG 2030, 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.”

bluesign® has over 560 system partners globally, out of which more than 50% are manufacturers. We are happy that Viyellatex Group has taken the right decision at the right time. Our global team was happy to work with them as from the beginning Viyellatex Group were very supportive and prompt on taking appropriate actions.

Shahan Reza, Country Relation Manager Bangladesh, bluesign®

“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, saves the cost of production by optimized use of resources and generally reduces its ecological footprint,” he added.

Viyellatex Group receives bluesign® certificate
Figure 3: Shahan Reza (from left), Country Relation Manager, Bangladesh of bluesign®, Walter Streitler, Head of Customer Relation Asia, bluesign®, Abdur Rashid, Country Manager, Bangladesh, SGS Group.

Shahan Reza further mentioned, “bluesign® has over 560 system partners globally, out of which more than 50% are manufacturers. We are happy that Viyellatex Group has taken the right decision at the right time. Our global team was happy to work with them as from the beginning Viyellatex Group were very supportive and prompt on taking appropriate actions. They have taken bluesign® certification for seven of their products. Viyellatex Group will be able to use the bluesign® approved logo for these products from now on.”

Shahan Reza further added about the system: “bluesign® performs production site EHS/OHS assessment including material and processes, does an evaluation of all emissions, implements and qualifies chemical management, benchmark cost savings through resource consumption and environmental performances, provides training and guidance on regulations and chemical management. It also performs re-assessment within 3 years to make sure continuous improvement of the overall situations.”

bluesign® has the largest database of safe chemicals and safe raw materials, i.e. fabric, fiber, accessories etc. which are authenticated and guaranteed. The world is getting more and more concern regarding the impact of using hazardous materials and new regulations are coming up every day. Partnering with bluesign® may have a positive impact not only on the country’s image and business but also for the future generation.

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

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