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September 5, 2022

BGMEA, Jeanologia collaborate on promoting green technologies

Bangladesh’s garment industry is furthering its commitment to sustainability through a new partnership with Spanish sustainable technology firm Jeanologia.

By Michelle Russell

Jeanologia will join hands with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturing and Export Association (BGMEA) to support the country’s RMG industry in adopting innovative technologies and processes to become more efficient and sustainable.

Jeanologia will provide support to the Centre of Innovation Efficiency and OSH with the technical know-how of the latest textile technologies and processes for dissemination across the RMG industry of Bangladesh.

The Centre, announced in May last year and established by BGMEA, aims to support the RMG industry with knowledge, skills and technical knowledge to face the future challenges and enhance its competitiveness.

It also aims to increase the efficiency of a manufacturing plant in the field of industrial engineering and resource efficiency coupled with OSH. The centre will arrange vocational and on-the-job training for graduates of Industrial and Production Planning Engineering and Textile Engineering from different universities of the country.

The commitment to the new collaboration was expressed when founder and CEO of Jeanologia Enrique Silla met BGMEA president Faruque Hassan at the latter’s office in Dhaka last week.

The founder and CEO of the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange and managing director of Denim Expert Mostafiz Uddin, country director-Bangladesh Tarin Choudhury, and division director-CEA Manuj Kanchan were also present.

Hassan said the collaboration with Jeanologia has been agreed as part of the BGMEA’s commitment and constant efforts to pursue the growth of the RMG industry in a sustainable way that has a positive impact on people and the planet.

β€œThe global apparel industry consumes a huge amount of freshwater mostly extracted from the ground. Globally leading apparel brands are focusing on reducing water consumption in the process of manufacturing garments. BGMEA has pledged to reduce dependency on groundwater resources and diversify source mix.”

In its strategic vision, the BGMEA has set a target to reduce the industry’s water footprint by up to 50% by 2030. In its continuous journey to achieve excellence in sustainability adopting such eco-friendly technologies are imperative, Hassan added.

Enrique Silla, Jeanologia CEO, said water will be the main cost driver in near future, so by helping Bangladesh to become a water less textile hub β€œwe will align both the planet and the economical interest of our customers, which are BGMEA associates”.

Jeanologia has invented some ground-breaking washing technologies that reduce the water footprint of products and lessen the pollution load on the aquatic ecosystem.

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