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Bangladesh tops green garment factory count


Bangladesh now has the highest number of green garment factories in the world with 150 such factories. Of these, some 44 are platinum rated, 93 gold rated, nine are silver standard and four are just certified. Currently, nine of the top 10 green garment factories in the world and 40 of the top 100 are located in Bangladesh. In recent years, a silent revolution has taken place in the garment industry of Bangladesh. In South Asia, Bangladesh has taken the lead in green initiatives. The world’s highest rated LEED platinum denim factory, knit factory, washing plant and textile mill all are situated in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh, the second largest readymade garment exporter in the world, has taken a leading position in sustainable green industrialization with the world’s several top ranked green factories. Indonesia is the second largest, with 40 green factories, followed by India with 30 and Sri Lanka with ten. After independence in 1971, Bangladesh was held up as an example of a failed state. People were used to thinking of the Bangladesh readymade garment industry as a place of forced labor, child labor and small factories. It’s hoped that about ten per cent of the total readymade garment sector in the next decade will use green technology.


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