>>
Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / RMG makers urged to stop use of harmful chemicals

RMG makers urged to stop use of harmful chemicals

26
May '09
Mr. Abdus Salam Murshedi, president BGMEA
Garment manufacturers in the country must stop the use of carbon tetrachloride in production to safeguard international markets for their goods, as its use will be banned from the world soon, speakers said at a training workshop in Dhaka.

Speakers said the organic compound is a solvent widely used by garment factories in Bangladesh as a 'spot cleaner'. As per the Montreal Protocol 1987, the import and use of carbon tetrachloride will be banned worldwide by January 2010, as it is ozone depleting and a green house gas.

The training workshop was organised by the Department of Environment (DoE) in cooperation with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), as part of the 'National ODS (Ozone Depleting Substances) Phase-out Plan' supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), at BGMEA in the capital.

The workshop aimed at finding out a cost effective alternative to carbon tetrachloride and sensitising stakeholders about the issue. Garment factory owners and DoE officials participated in the programme. Shirin Kamal Sayeed, assistant country director of UNDP, said although the use of this solvent in Bangladesh is limited, the garment industry might be affected in a different way.

Shirin explained that foreign buyers might place a special embargo after 2010 on countries that use the chemical, which will hurt the export-oriented industry. To protect the export market, owners have to stop its use, she said. There are around 4,000 garment factories in Bangladesh. The industry exports apparels worth about $10 billion to many countries around the world. Around 1 tonnes of carbon tetrachloride is used every year by these industries. The solvent also has adverse health effects.

Md Billal Hossain, acting director general of DoE, said use of carbon tetrachloride would gradually be phased out from Bangladesh, a signatory to the Montreal Protocol. Abdus Salam Murshedi, president of BGMEA, said the worldwide production of carbon tetrachloride is also being reduced, so it will not be available for use in future. Garment factories in Bangladesh must find an alternative agent within this short time, he said. He called for help from the government to address the challenge. Md Shahjahan, director (technical) of DoE, Dr Sham Prashad, adviser to UNDP, also spoke.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)


Must ReadView All

Pic: Simba3003 | Dreamstime.com

Textiles | On 8th Dec 2021

Euro area economy is recovering rapidly since Q2: IMF

Thanks to high vaccination levels and continued forceful policy...

Pic: Moreno Soppelsa | Dreamstime.com

Textiles | On 8th Dec 2021

US manufacturing activity grows for 18th consecutive month in November

Economic activity in the US manufacturing sector grew in November,...

Pic: Jurgita Juoniene | Dreamstime.com

Apparel/Garments | On 8th Dec 2021

VITAS foresees Vietnam’s apparel exports growth in 2021 & 2022

The Vietnam Textile & Apparel Association (VITAS) has forecast the...

Interviews View All

Florian Heubrandner, Lenzing AG

Florian Heubrandner
Lenzing AG

Cannot see the world breaking away from cotton & polyester

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Liquidity is a primary issue in Indian context

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Delay in adopting water sustainability both financially & environmentally...

J Vargas,

J Vargas

With a vision to be the world's top tier textile manufacturer, Badjatex...

Ahmet Gecikli,

Ahmet Gecikli

Ser Mekatronik, founded in 2008, is specialised for providing mechanical...

Shivendra Nigam,

Shivendra Nigam

Delhi-headquartered Cantabil Retail India Ltd was founded by Vijay Bansal...

Steve McCullough & Marco Weichert, Functional Fabric Fair & Design and Development GmbH Textile Consult respectively

Steve McCullough & Marco Weichert
Functional Fabric Fair & Design and Development GmbH Textile Consult respectively

Functional Fabric Fair is a trade-exclusive event showcasing the latest...

Dr Anup Rakshit, ITTA

Dr Anup Rakshit
ITTA

The Indian Technical Textile Association (ITTA) is the only association of ...

Silverio Baranzano, Fitesa

Silverio Baranzano
Fitesa

Fitesa is a leader in the nonwoven fabrics industry, specialising in...

Samant Chauhan, Label Samant Chauhan

Samant Chauhan
Label Samant Chauhan

Delhi based fashion designer, <b>Samant Chauhan</b> who mostly works on...

Asmita Marwa, Asmita Marwa Design

Asmita Marwa
Asmita Marwa Design

Indian fashion designer Asmita Marwa has been rated by Vogue as one of the ...

Megha Kumari & Jigar Mali, Label Megha & Jigar

Megha Kumari & Jigar Mali
Label Megha & Jigar

New Delhi based label Megha &amp; Jigar blends India's unique handcrafts...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


December 2021

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Advanced Search