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Researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University are working to find a way to make sustainable, water-absorbent fabrics at home by using bacterial cellulose (BC) — a biodegradable, biomaterial.

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  • Larger Idea of Responsible Sourcing Continues to Gain Traction in Industry

    Can market forces help prevent tragedies such as Rana Plaza? Not really, say Professors Vinod Singhal and Brian Jacobs as they explain that in terms of sourcing strategy, most firms are going to continue to search for the lowest costs even as the larger idea of responsible sourcing has gained traction following an increase in activists and watchdogs as also the ubiquity of 24/7 news and social media.  

  • Till Rana Plaza, Structural Safety Risks Were Not Fully Known

    The Bangladesh textiles industry before and after the Rana Plaza disaster is a different story. While earlier the focus was on capacity building of management teams on productivity, quality, and HR systems aimed at worker welfare, after the mishap the highlight was that the responsibility of making a factory safe does not rest with only the safety or compliance officer. Dr Rajesh Bheda, CEO and Managing Director, Rajesh Bheda Consulting, shares with his observations.

  • More Work Is Needed to Set International Frameworks and Standards

    The Rana Plaza disaster of March 2013 exposed many faultlines in the fashion ecosystem. That tectonic day threw up a whole lot of issues that were furiously debated the world over. One critical issue was the seemingly confrontational interface between business and human rights. In this freewheeling conversation, Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor at the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, IHRB Research Fellow and Director at the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, talk about the lessons for business and human rights.

  • Moving On: Green Garments Are the Face of Bangladesh’s Apparel Industry Today

    The times they are a changing and Bangladesh continues to adopt advanced apparel manufacturing technology. Undoubtedly, if this country wishes to remain competitive at this critical juncture of its journey, the apparel sector needs to take the lead in innovation, exhorts Abdullah Hil Rakib, Director of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

  • Tough Questions Need to Be Asked Within Bangladesh Too

    The RMG industry in Bangladesh has made remarkable progress since the Rana Plaza disaster a decade back. But, ground truths almost always are hard ones. And although much aid/relief has poured into the country since, it still leaves half of the survivors of that tragedy crying for justice. Clearly, something is amiss. A analysis.

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Laurie Parsons
Laurie Parsons
Senior Lecturer in Geography, Department of Geography
Royal Holloway, University of London
Colonialism is indeed all about power – and this point is central to the book. When it comes to climate change, knowledge is power, but the architecture of knowledge that underpins sustainability thinking fundamentally benefits the rich world to the detriment of the rest of it.

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Aanchal Saini
Aanchal Saini
Chief Executive Officer
It took time to connect with the customers and our way of working has been very agile. There was a lot we learned from the consumers and reiterated their feedback to accommodate what they needed. It took us some time to break the stigmas around rentals and it is safe to say that we as business owners along with our consumers have come a long way.

A new report says that the global textiles & fashion industry will need to take drastic action to stay within the 1.5°C trajectory. It will need to cut down emissions by 45% in the next seven years.

A first of its kind Small Farmer Atlas brought out by nonprofit Solidaridad is a comprehensive satisfaction survey detailing their inputs on issues ranging from prosperity and income, to sustainability, bargaining power and land use.

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