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Monday, 2017, September 25 - 13:19

psfk.com - Nike Flyleather promises to reduce the carbon footprint and produce less waste than traditional leather manufacturing

Monday, 2017, September 11 - 10:47

BusinessReport - Brussels - Global temperature rises should be kept well below the European Union's target of 2°C to avoid costly damage to people and their lifestyles, according to a European Parliament report.

European consumers must be given better information about the "carbon footprint" of goods they buy, including products imported from outside the 27-nation bloc, it added. The report called for the "rapid development" of eco-labelling to allow shoppers to trim their carbon footprints, and it touched on the divisive issue of so-called food miles.

Friday, 2017, September 8 - 13:00

ShanghaiDaily.com - For specialty chemicals company LANXESS, sustainable development has become a way of life as the firm puts priority on safety, health and environmental protection at workplaces.

Listed on the Dow Jones sustainability World index for six consecutive years, German-headquartered LANXESS is proud to be one of the market leaders in implementing safe and sustainable production processes as well as advanced environmental protection measures.

Thursday, 2017, September 7 - 12:45

The Daily Star - The newly constructed Savar leather estate, where tanners relocated from their age-old Hazaribagh industrial hub in April, is witnessing for the first time the annual arrival of a steady stream of trucks carrying rawhides of animals sacrificed during Eid-ul-Azha.

Truck arrival numbers are low although four days have passed since Eid, the estate Deputy Manager Moin Uddin told The Daily Star over the phone yesterday, reasoning that tanners were yet to start purchasing rawhides in full swing from merchants.

Thursday, 2017, September 7 - 11:30

QUARTZ - More and more, shoppers today want to know their products were made ethically and sustainably, and clothing is one category they’ve put under particular scrutiny. For decades, the garment industry has served up horror stories of sweatshops, child labor, abuses, and deadly industrial disasters. Brands including Levi’s (pdf), Nike, Adidas, and Gap (pdf) have responded by publishing lists of all the suppliers producing for them. You have to search for them, but they’re accessible.

Thursday, 2017, September 7 - 11:17

The Daily Star - Coordination among the policymakers is a must to get the expected outcome from sustainable finance, experts said in the event.

Bangladesh Bank and banking associations can jointly take initiatives for the sake of sustainable development of the country, experts suggested at a workshop at Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) office in the capital.

Thursday, 2017, September 7 - 11:13

bdnews24.com - Bangladesh has sought “greater engagement” of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization or UNIDO for finding the ‘right technology’ to achieve sustainable industrial development.

Thursday, 2017, September 7 - 10:56

Environmental LEADERS - Retailers are increasingly pushing major nonwoven* producers towards the greater use of sustainable materials and processes. Now, according to a report from Smithers Pira, every nonwovens producer is claiming sustainability, though there are varying degrees of certified progress. As the market matures, sustainable nonwovens will continue to take market share from non-sustainable products.

Thursday, 2017, September 7 - 10:54

CSR Asia - Sustainable business and consumption initiatives have traditionally been driven by compliance with regulations. Now times are changing, and we are seeing innovative businesses benefit from green investments and products promoting sustainable consumption and lifestyles.

Wednesday, 2017, August 30 - 14:06

IISD - The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) commenced World Water Week 2017, which is convening under the theme, ‘water and waste: reduce and reuse'.

Other topics to be addressed during the week include: water and climate; water as a connector between the SDGs and the Paris Agreement; drinking water and sanitation; water security; water and food/nutrition; innovative financing and green bonds; water cooperation; water integrity; pricing of water and valuing water; water and migration; pharmaceuticals and water; and water and faith.

World Water Week is expected to draw some 3,000 participants from approximately 130 countries.

Wednesday, 2017, August 30 - 14:03

Innovation In Textiles - DNV GL and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have launched a new tool to help the textiles industry manage water consumption in a more sustainable manner.

Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population, a number which is projected to rise. While about 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater, only 0.5% of that amount is made available to satisfy society’s needs.

Tuesday, 2017, August 29 - 15:09

The Daily Star - Accusations and counter accusations between the leather industry and authorities continue about the state of infrastructure in the Savar Tannery Estate. With Eid-ul-Azha a mere month away, the fact that the central effluent treatment plant (CETP) is a long way from being fully operational is going to have a detrimental effect on the sector. The Chinese company contracted to work on the CETP has apparently asked for a further four months to complete the work. It is not just the environmental decay of the Dhaleshwari River that is being witnessed here. Reports have also emerged that only 20 out of 155 factories at the Estate have received gas connections for factory operations since tanners moved there from Hazaribagh.

Tuesday, 2017, August 29 - 14:52

Xinhua Net - More than 70 percent of Chinese consumers understood sustainable consumption, according to a report released by the China Chain Store and Franchise Association.

Wednesday, 2017, August 23 - 14:07

IISD - Companies in Japan, Kenya and the US have showcased their efforts to align their business goals with the SDGs and integrate the SDGs into their strategies and plans.

Other private sector initiatives focus on sustainable infrastructure, inclusive business models, and identification of impact investor characteristics.

Tuesday, 2017, August 22 - 09:59

BW BusinessWorld - With Green Credits being the common green currency for all green initiatives, it can stimulate a culture of green consumption and production, as well as limit impact on planetary thresholds while progressing on the social foundation, and consequently help India achieve its NDC targets and foster environmental protection without compromising on its development efforts or deepening poverty

Tuesday, 2017, August 22 - 09:55

The Finantial Expres - A consumption-driven society produces a large amount of waste. This massive amount of waste puts enormous pressures on management of city waste effectively. Waste management is a priority area in city governance. City waste management is crucial for sustainable development. It is also required for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as SDG 11 deals with solid waste management in a sustainable manner. But the city planning process in Bangladesh is yet to focus on modern waste management conforming with the SDGs.  Designing sustainable cities is a very challenging task, especially when it has to conform to the SDGs. In densely mega cities like Dhaka, large amounts of daily waste create a huge impact on city life. For example, the recent water-logging of Dhaka city has been observed as a partial consequence of the poor city waste management. Moreover, the present waste management system is not suitable for tackling global climate change and its effects on human life are accelerated through generation of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, landfill methane (CH4), emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) resulted from waste containing fossil carbon (plastic or synthetic textiles). The concept of "zero-waste city" is to deal with the GHG issue with provision for sustainable waste management and emission reduction. 

Wednesday, 2017, July 19 - 16:02

SWITCH-Asia Network Facility - On July 26 - 29 2017 the Global Research Forum (GRF) on Sustainable Production and Consumption (SCP) convened researchers, development practitioners and representatives from business, government and civil society in Brighton, UK. The objective of its 2017 gathering, the third in the Forum's history, was to identify vital links between the circular economy, sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Tuesday, 2017, July 18 - 12:38
The Kathmandu Post - Goals related to poverty alleviation, health and food security are closely connected to consumer rights.
Thursday, 2017, July 13 - 11:11

International Leather Maker - U.S. based footwear group VF Corporation has outlined a series of service projects that illustrate its commitment to local communities worldwide.

Wednesday, 2017, July 12 - 15:01

ECO-Business - The SDGs Baseline report for the region noted that it needs to make a U-turn and take the right direction related to goals on reducing inequalities, building sustainable cities, and ensuring responsible consumption and production.

Tuesday, 2017, July 11 - 14:14

Just-Style - Global sporting goods retailer Decathlon is rolling out a new production Code Of Conduct this year, incorporationg new international issues and broadening its remit to include environmental and social Challenges.

It also plans to delve deeper into the origings and manufacturing condicitions of raw materials such as cotton, woll and leather

Thursday, 2017, July 6 - 10:08

By NZ Business - Ecolabels provide consumers and businesses with reassurance that purchases meet a robust, agreed environmental standard, but buyers and sellers must ensure the claims are legitimate. 

"We live in a world of packaged consumer and business products – hundreds of thousands of them. And as consumers or business buyers we face choices for just about everything we want to buy.  We make that decision for a range of reasons: price, quality, availability, or safety, for example.  

But increasingly, we’re bringing an ethical dimension to the process. We seek assurances that the making and delivery of the product hasn’t come at the expense of communities or environments. To give us that reassurance, environmental labelling (ecolabeling for short) was developed, and there are a range of labels around that attest to the environmental or sustainability credentials of the products we buy."

Wednesday, 2017, July 5 - 13:20

By The Economic Times - NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), the Centre's premier think tank, has mooted tax incentives and viability gap funding for eco-labelled products as part of the government's green procurement policies to substantially improve resource efficiency in the country.   

Resource efficiency or resource productivity is the ratio between a given benefit or result and the natural resource required for it. "Incentives should be provided through tax benefits for eco-labelled products to encourage consumers to purchase such products," the Aayog has said in a strategy paper on resource efficiency prepared under the supervision of its principal advisor Ratan P Watal. "A comprehensive and well-designed green procurement policy (GPP) can be a key instrumen .

Tuesday, 2017, July 4 - 09:58

By The Conversation.com -  Research shows that consumers are generally aware of the negative environmental and social impacts associated with clothing. However, this awareness and pro environmental attitudes are not necessarily a good predictor of behaviours and consumption. There needs to be more emphasis on the negative health implications of wearing clothing that has been produced using harmful toxic chemicals and processes.

Monday, 2017, July 3 - 10:08

SWITCH-Asia Network Facility- HBRI, a research institution under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Government of Bangladesh and a partner to the SWITCH-Asia project, has been leading the project's research initiatives to develop environment-friendly building materials as viable alternatives to traditional fire-bricks.

Friday, 2017, June 30 - 10:04

By IISD - Companies are continuing to explore ways to align their business strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can contribute to the SDGs, and how companies can improve gender equality in their operations.

Eco-Business and the Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) Singapore convened an event on 7 June 2017, in Singapore, to explore how companies can align their operations with the SDGs and what the SDGs mean for SMEs in Asia. Participants stressed that smaller businesses account for more than 97% of businesses in the Asia-Pacific region, and can be a necessary source of innovation to achieve the SDGs. They noted difficulties, however, in persuading SMEs to align with the SDGs without government involvement, such as a regulatory framework to guide decision-making. Discussions also highlighted the need to incorporate natural and social capital in decision-making processes and the utility of the Natural Capital Protocol in this regard, and the need to improve production process standards and efficiency.

Friday, 2017, June 30 - 10:02

By IISD - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed a loan agreement for a project to promote economic inclusion in Kazakhstan’s energy and extractive industries sector. Also contributing to responsible consumption and production (SDG 12), the UN University’s (UNU) Sustainable Cycles programme, the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) formed a Global e-Waste Statistics Partnership to build country capacity to produce comparable, reliable e-waste statistics and track developments over time.

Thursday, 2017, June 29 - 12:35

By Daily Mirror - Asia’s cities are the engines of incredible economic growth. For many countries, they generate over 80 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and improve the lives of millions of people. But this prosperity comes with a price. Take for example the more than one million tonnes of solid waste that cities generate every day as they grow. Without proper management, the deluge of solid waste causes severe pollution, helps diseases spread and generates greenhouse gas emissions. It can also exacerbate urban flooding, which can endanger lives and compromise livelihoods particularly for the poor and marginalized. Despite these impacts, managing solid waste remains a low priority for most Asian cities, especially when compared with investment in other sectors such as transport, water and health services.

Wednesday, 2017, June 28 - 16:01

By CIWM Journal Online- Without leadership in governments, we have “no chance” when it comes to transitioning to a circular economy and achieving the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to former EU commissioner for the environment, Dr Janez Potočnik.

Dr Potočnik gave his keynote address to delegates at day 2 of this year’s Resourcing the Future Conference (RtF), where he touched on the subject of population growth and how this is effecting resource consumption, the circular economy and the UN’s SDGs, and also Brexit and globalisation.

Tuesday, 2017, June 27 - 16:37

By Sustainable Brands - Two years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, companies are finally beginning to align their sustainability strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are increasingly being used to inform decision making and guide strategy, which is helping drive innovation and create new value along the value chain. The result of these intensifying efforts has been a positive shift across the 17 SDGs, a trend which is highlighted in the UN Secretary General’s 2017 Sustainable Development Goal Progress Report.

Monday, 2017, June 26 - 10:56

International Leather Maker - The Turkish tanner Sepiciler, based in Izmir has started a new solar power project with a capacity of 12 megawatts.

Friday, 2017, June 23 - 10:31

BusinessMirror -THE Philippine government is now at the forefront of buying green through the implementation of the Green Public Procurement (GPP) Regime.

Thursday, 2017, June 22 - 10:46

SWITCH-Asia Network Facility - At the first World Circular Economy Forum held on June 5-7, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland, 1,500 representatives from governments, researchers, experts and activists around the world gathered to identify strategies and potential collaborations to switch from the inefficient and resource intensive linear economy to more sustainable, resource efficient Circular Economy.

Wednesday, 2017, June 21 - 10:31
Viêt Nam News - Việt Nam’s development plan for the leather and footwear industry by 2025 with a vision towards 2035 needs to change, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT). The change was required to increase the value of Việt Nam’s leather and footwear products and reach sustainable and high growth in development, the ministry said.
 
"most of the companies had applied a management system in accordance with ISO 9000, ISO 14000, SA 8000 and undertaken corporate social responsibility projects"
 
 
Tuesday, 2017, June 20 - 14:52

Hong Kong Tatler - The EcoChic Design Award finalists are sustainable and ethical—without sacrificing on style

These days, what’s behind a fashion label is getting to be just as important as the label itself. Eco-friendly fashion hasn’t stopped gaining momentum, as buyers and designers alike are realising the value of a sustainable, ethical and stylish brand.

Monday, 2017, June 19 - 10:34

The Express Tribune - Stress on resource consumption has tremendously increased across the world in recent decades. A similar trend is also reflected in Pakistan with increased demand for energy, food, water and other resources, resulting in resource depletion, pollution, and climate change. 

The current patterns of development across the country are not sustainable. A key element for achieving sustainable development is transition towards adopting Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) with increased resource use efficiency in the value chain, producing less waste and pollution to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Thursday, 2017, June 15 - 12:29

The Daily Star - Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu yesterday told parliament that 35 percent of tanneries have so far been shifted to Savar Tannery Estate from the capital's Hazaribagh area.

“Out of 154 tanneries that got plots in Savar Tannery Estate, 55 tanneries started the production of wet blue leather in Savar till May 31, 2017. More tannery factories will begin their production soon,” he said replying to lawmakers' queries.

Tuesday, 2017, June 13 - 11:42

The Daily Star - The government has initiated a move to formulate a policy for capacity building of leather goods and footwear manufacturers to boost export.

Monday, 2017, June 12 - 09:52

Leather International - Since the introduction of industrial processing, relatively few innovations have taken place in tanneries to adequately address sustainability. A recent study by Proviera’s Juan-Carlos Castell and Claus Reineking of Stahl finds some natural, probiotic alternatives to traditional, chemical-heavy methods.

Friday, 2017, June 9 - 10:04

Leather International - Sabrina Frontini, director of Italy’s Institute of Quality Certification for the leather sector (ICEC), explains how the leather sector’s only specialist certification body is working with the industry towards a more transparent, socially responsible and sustainable future.

Monday, 2017, June 5 - 11:21

Chemical Risk Manager - The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has updated the standards for determining restricted aromatic amines derived from azo colourants in textiles.

The two updates are linked to prohibitions on the use of azo colourants in textile and leather articles that may come into contact with human skin or oral cavities.

Improved analytical procedures will be needed as EN 14362-1/3:2017 replaces existing standards published in 2012.

Friday, 2017, June 2 - 09:36

International Leather Maker (ILM) - Between May 23 and 25, 2017, specialty chemical manufacturer Stahl held leather seminars focussed on sustainability in the cities of Lahore, Karachi and Dhaka.

Tuesday, 2017, May 30 - 12:41

ECOLEBAN - The SWITCH-Asia Network Facility (NF) organised In Bangkok a 3-day (15-18th May) seminar to support the SWITCH-Asia grant projects in documenting and reporting results or outcomes - and eventually their project visibility, and to inform project representatives on financing opportunities via "Blending mechanisms." The Ecoleban Project was present with the assistance of Mr. Javier DeL Pozo, Project Director and Mr. Mikel Perez Maiz, Technical & Implementation Coordinator.

A lively dialogue between grant projects and their respective EU-Delegations helped to develop a better understanding of developing the project's Log Frame and result indicators.

The first and second day of seminar focussed on monitoring and reporting, while the third day addressed access to finance via Blending mechanisms to contribute to the financial sustainability of SWITCH-Asia projects

Tuesday, 2017, May 9 - 13:08

Dhaka Tribune - The shoes are exported to many European countries, corresponding with the demand, via warehouses in Switzerland

Thursday, 2017, May 4 - 12:43

Prothom Alo - Hazaribagh tanners have claimed that the export orders of leather worth Tk 15 billion were cancelled in 19 days since snapping of utility connections to the Hazaribagh tanneries.

Wednesday, 2017, May 3 - 10:36

The Daily Star - Bangladesh is facing a significant data gap for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals as statistics on two-thirds of the indicators are either partially available or not available at all, a study found.

There are 241 indicators to monitor the 169 targets under 17 SDGs. But, data of only 70 indicators are readily available, 108 partially available and 63 not available at all, according to the study that will be released tomorrow.

Tuesday, 2017, April 25 - 10:52

International Leather Maker - Dr Jens Fennen, R&D Director, TFL Group, will be presenting how COD levels in the processing floats can be reduced by about 50% compared with standard chrome-free production at the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference taking place in Munich, Germany, on May 22. 

Monday, 2017, April 24 - 13:10

International Leather Maker (ILM) - Dani S.p.A, one of Italy’s leading tanners, particularly in the field of automotive, will present itsenvironmental credentials for sustainable leather manufacture at an upcoming automotive leather conference in Munich. With a strong focus on producing natural looking and feeling leathers with all the high-tech specifications required by OEMs, Dani will illustrate how they measure the environmental impact of every leather it produces. 

Wednesday, 2017, April 12 - 11:19

The Dhaka Tribune - Tannery owners and workers on Wednesday brought out a black flag procession in Dhaka’s Hazaribagh area demanding implementation of their nine-point demands.

Hundreds of workers, mostly female workers, joined the pre-scheduled procession, reports Bangla Tribune.

The tanners and workers brought out the procession around 11:30am from Hazaribagh that ended at same place after parading Jhigatola in Dhanmondi.

Monday, 2017, April 10 - 11:39

Packaging Materials Website - Malaysian Bioeconomy Development (Bioeconomy Corporation) and SIRIM Berhad have introduced eco-labelling certification schemes, in a bid to increase the production of eco-friendly products in Malaysia.

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