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Economic and environmental well-being via garment recycling

This project seeks to enhance economic and environmental wellbeing of climate and conflict displaced people by generating incomes by recycling and reusing garment industry solid waste in three climate vulnerable districts; Dhaka, Jamalpur and Thakurgaon of Bangladesh.

Discussion meeting with Local Government Representative (Union Parishad Chairman) at Gabura Union, Shaymnager, Satkhira, one of the most climate vulnerable areas of Bangladesh. Photo from joint scoping mission with Danish Red Cross, BDRCS and DRC in April 2023
Utilizing garment waste sustainably
Discussion meeting with climate vulnerable community representative, april 2023

Utilizing garment waste sustainably

Bangladesh, the second-largest exporter of readymade garments after China, faces a major issue of solid waste from its garment factories, producing around 600,000 tons of textile leftovers annually. While the textile industry contributes significantly to Bangladesh's GDP (10%), it also generates environmental impacts, releasing greenhouse gases and toxic effluents into rivers. Interestingly, about 300,000 tons of this waste is recyclable cotton, but managing it sustainably is still a challenge. To address this, the project aims to collect textile leftovers, recycle them, and empower climate-vulnerable women groups through local partnerships to produce various products like mattresses, blankets, pillows, and floormats within a circular economy framework.

Mitigating a circular economy
Meeting with central government representative, April 2023

Mitigating a circular economy

Currently, there is a vast knowledge gap on its management. It is, therefore, essential to fill that gap if waste is to be utilized sustainably within the scope of circular economy. The project seeks to enhance economic and environmental wellbeing of the conflict displacement areas of Bangladesh by reducing the environmental impacts through recycling of the recyclable solid leftovers with producing households' level usable items.  Furthermore, local partners capacities and developed entrepreneurship will be strengthened for future sustainability with innovative skill and knowledge along with employment generation of the climate vulnerable women of the climate displaced areas of Bangladesh. 

Any questions? Please contact:


Kumar Das

Livelihoods Manager - Bangladesh