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Bangladesh tops in green factories

Bangladesh has 67 eco-friendly green buildings, the highest number in the world. The country’s apparel sector has a 13 LEED platinum and a total 67 certified green factories in platinum, gold and silver categories, the highest in the world. Bangladesh, the second largest readymade garment exporter in the world, has taken leading position in sustainable green industrialisation 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.

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. It’s expected about 10 per cent of the total readymade garment sector in the next decade will use green technology. Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector is a $28 billion industry.