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Thursday, 2017, April 6 - 16:09

Engadget.com - According to Reebok Future head Bill McInnis "We like to say, we are 'growing shoes' here at Reebok. Ultimately, our goal is to create a broad selection of bio-based footwear that can be composted after use. We'll then use that compost as part of the soil to grow the materials for the next range of shoes. We want to take the entire cycle into account; to go from dust to dust."

Wednesday, 2017, April 5 - 09:31

Dhaka Tribune - As the saga of tannery relocation continues, industry people fear that the country may suffer a loss of over Tk1,000 crore export orders of leather goods.

 “The tanneries at Hazaribagh are going to be closed from April 6 as per the Supreme Court order. But Savar is not ready yet to start operation of tanneries though the people related with process placed false information before the court,”  said Mohiuddin Mahmud Mahin, president of Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association (BFLLFEA).

Tuesday, 2017, April 4 - 16:28

SwitchAsia Network Facility - Are you interested in sustainable products to round up the sustainability portfolio of your company? Do you want to offer your guests or conference participants a special give-away that has been produced in a fair and sustainable way? Would you like to support SMEs and/or marginalised social groups in Asian developing countries that use cleaner production and socially sustainable processes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then register for the EDD and visit our booth in the Global Village and in our project lab!

Monday, 2017, April 3 - 09:58

Ecotextile NEWS - ZURICH - Oeko-Tex, the independent Swiss textile testing institutes for product safety and sustainable production, has announced that its Leather Standard has received the first certifications from sheepskin producers G.L. Bowron and Gerberei Hofbrucker. The group, which is based in Neckarsulm, Germany, will use the Leather Standard for advertising purposes across Europe. Further certificates are expected to be granted soon.

Thursday, 2017, March 30 - 14:38

ECOLEBAN - The 29th March, ECOLEBAN Project was invited by the Honorable Ambassador of Bangladesh in Spain Mr. Hassan Mahmood Khandker BPM, PPM, ndc, to the celebration of the 46th Anniversary of Independence and National Day of Bangladesh.

Wednesday, 2017, March 29 - 15:49

CTBR, Enviro Care - China's central bank, the People's Bank of China and the European Investment Bank have launched an initiative to combine policy and market best-practice and strengthen the framework for green investment.

The initiative intends to provide a clear framework for analysis and decision-making in green finance. Development of a common language will enhance the confidence of Chinese and international investors to support green finance through more consistent definitions and methodologies.

 

Tuesday, 2017, March 28 - 13:59

International Leather Maker - German shoe and sportswear retail chain Deichmann, and the Dublin-headquartered international clothing retailer, Primark will both be joining the panel discussion at the upcoming Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Conference to be held in Hong Kong on March 30, 2017.

Monday, 2017, March 27 - 09:53

Grapevine - With plastic now polluting every corner of the globe, plastic pollution remains one of the greatest blights on the world’s oceans. From compostable coffee cups to biodegradable plastic bags, the issue is leading to rapid changes in the attitudes of designers towards their projects. One such product is the Adidas x Parley shoe—footwear partially manufactured from recycled ocean plastic.

Thursday, 2017, March 23 - 17:35

The Sun Daily - Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corp (Bioeconomy Corp), formerly known as BiotechCorp, and Sirim Bhd have introduced an eco-labelling certification scheme to further boost green consumerism in Malaysia.

Wednesday, 2017, March 22 - 10:06

Ghana News Agency - Speaking at a national networking forum and a regional policy dialogue on Switch Africa Green forum being hosted in Accra, Prof Frimpong-Boateng said the efforts of greening Africa and for that matter, Ghana, was very critical to the governmen.

The Switch Africa Green Project, developed and funded by the European Union seeks to support African countries in their transition to an inclusive green economy by promoting programs that facilitates a shift to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns and practices.

Tuesday, 2017, March 21 - 18:32

Leather International - Industry 4.0 represents a radical shift in the way the leather industry approaches production in terms of funding, location and technology. Andrea Guolo reflects on the main themes that emerged from Simac Tanning Tech, which took place in Milan

Monday, 2017, March 20 - 17:29

Sustainable Brands - In total, 19 companies including the 12 ETI members such as H&M, Primark, Inditex, Marks & Spencer, Next, TESCO, Sainsbury amongst others reacted to the report as well as two CSR initiatives, including the Leather Working Group and MVO Nederland. Most companies indicated that there is an urgent need to address the issues outlined in the report and some shared concrete commitments to combat adverse human rights and environmental impacts in their supply chain.

Friday, 2017, March 17 - 09:06

The Financial Express - 'Green technologies' and 'green growth' have emerged as buzzwords  in these days of climate change. It is often argued that since Bangladesh is facing the fallout of climate change, the country needs to go for green technologies to make sure that the situation does not become intolerable. But it is a stark reality that most Bangladeshis are not aware of what these really mean to common people. 

Thursday, 2017, March 16 - 09:56

Innovation in Textiles - The world is experiencing unprecedented change with a burgeoning population expected to reach nine billion by 2050. Global temperatures are rising and resources are being depleted as a result of unsustainable development. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders in 2015, established 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to serve as a roadmap for countries and organizations over the next decade. In addition to this, leaders signed a global agreement to limit global warming to less than two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, at the UN Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris last year. If aims are to be delivered, there remains much more to be done by businesses, governments, civil society and people around the world.

Wednesday, 2017, March 15 - 12:12

edie.net - Sustainability professionals working within incumbent fashion retailers need to be more closely aligned with procurement departments in order to accelerate the transition to more sustainable fashion industry.

Tuesday, 2017, March 14 - 10:34

Sustainable Brands -  New research from sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies reveals growth in corporate spending in sustainability; more than 80 percent of surveyed companies expect a budget increase from 2016 to 2017 with a third anticipating double-digit growth.

 

Monday, 2017, March 13 - 11:25

Forbes Middle East - Simply speaking, green finance refers to the use of financial products and services, such as loans, insurance, stocks, private equity and bonds in green (or eco-friendly) projects. It has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, providing public well-being and social equity while re­ducing environmental risks and improving ecological integrity. And global interest in green energy finance is increasing at a rapid pace—in 2015, investments in green energy reached an all-time high of $298 billion.

Friday, 2017, March 10 - 12:17

ECOLEBAN Project organized a rally at the tannery workers’ union office to celebrate the contribution of women to the sustainability of value chains and promote their safety and rights. The rally was attended by female workers and tannery owners and was followed by group discussions. Project team members from ECOLEBAN, SNV Bangladesh, and Oxfam Bangladesh were present at this event, emphasizing the importance of women’s involvement for the sustainable consumption and production of resources in Bangladesh.

 

Thursday, 2017, March 9 - 15:37

International Leather Maker - The upcoming edition of the international footwear and accessories trade show taking place March 4-6 in Madrid, Spain, will host the ‘Sustainable Experience’ concept with the participation prestigious footwear labels.

Wednesday, 2017, March 8 - 09:03

The Daily Star - HC also asks DoE to disconnect utility services of the tanneries that failed to relocate to Savar

Tuesday, 2017, March 7 - 13:01

The Financial Express - Bangladesh Bank (BB) has signed separate agreements with 10 more private banks to facilitate fund for a long-term financing under the "Green Transformation Fund for Export-oriented Textile and Textile Products and Leather Manufacturing Industries".

Monday, 2017, March 6 - 12:17

Egineering News - This year, BASF will be presented by its Performance Materials, Leather and Textile Chemicals business units at the All Africa Leather Fair (AALF) 2017 in Ethiopia, also known as the ultimate showcase of new chemical advances. The company’s experts invite all visitors to come to the BASF stand and discuss BASF’s Elastopan® PU systems, Elastollan® TPU innovations as well as the DryFast Beamhouse System solutions for the shoe industry.

Thursday, 2017, March 2 - 09:47

SWITCH-Asia Network Facility - The European Union made sustainable consumption and production (SCP) a priority in its 2007 -2013 regional cooperation strategy. In 2007, the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Development and Cooperation (DevCo) designed the SWITCH-Asia Programme to promote Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) among Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), business intermediaries and consumer associations in developing Asian countries. The objective of the Programme is to promote economic prosperity and help reduce poverty in Asia by encouraging a sustainable growth with low environmental impact from industries and consumers, in line with international environmental agreements and processes.

Monday, 2017, February 27 - 09:42

The Daily Star - One of the pillars of Sustainable Development Strategy (2016-2030), a universal development agenda of the UN, is addressing climate change issues in the course of the socio-economic development process. Of the 17 thematic goals, 13, 14 and 15 (climate action, life below water, life on land) pertain to addressing climate change impact issues which are facilitating goals to attain other transformative goals. Without addressing these climate-related issues any development effort may turn futile. Addressing these goals relates to the sustainable use of natural resources which include water, forests, land and soil, coastal and marine ecology, and energy resources management. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have covered the issue of sustainable natural resources adequately and in this context we can review Bangladesh's standing. Sustainable development denotes, “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” (Our Common Future, The Brundtland Commission, United Nations, 1987). Sustainable development (SD) is a pattern of resource use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come.

Friday, 2017, February 24 - 09:24

SWITCH-Asia Network Facility - In December 2016 the EU-funded Switch -Asia Policy Support Component (PSC) for the Philippines has been granted an extension, enabling the project to continue its work until June 2017. This extended phase includes a new technical assistance activity geared towards the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Education (DepEd).

Thursday, 2017, February 23 - 12:44

Eco-business.com - Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Memon, an expert in United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said that proper planning, implementation, and integrated efforts were required to ensure the sustainable consumption and production in Pakistan.

Wednesday, 2017, February 22 - 09:57

SWITCH-Asia Network Facility - This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the topic of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), together with a detailed analysis of the current developmental situation in various developing countries in Asia and key sectors such as manufacturing, tourism, renewable energy and agriculture, this book is an invaluable tool.

Tuesday, 2017, February 21 - 10:22

Business.inquirer.net -To truly make the world a better place, businesses–not just governments– should make it a point to make sustainable development a key component of their respective strategic agendas, using as specific guidelines the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Such is the challenge of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission posed in its recently published report “Better Business, Better World.” The commission, chaired by former UN deputy secretary general Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, was formed in Davos in January last year with the goal of “mapping the economic prize that could be available to business if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are achieved, and describing how business can contribute to delivering these goals.”

Monday, 2017, February 20 - 09:34

REFINERY29 website - MANGO Committed is part of the brand's Take Action project, a long-term plan to create a business model based on a sustainability criteria and more environmentally friendly processes. As well as the new line, it's currently developing a tool to measure and reduce the company's water footprint. Additionally, the brand says that all leather and fur garments used "are manufactured respecting animal rights, and exotic, wild or endangered species are never used. Such hides always originate from animals destined for the human food chain." While this is a huge step for a high street retailer, there is still a long way to go towards cruelty-free fashion.

Friday, 2017, February 17 - 09:31

Daily Star Newspaper - A HIGH-LEVEL conference in the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday called for deepening of regional integration in Asia and the Pacific with the view of lifting millions out of poverty, driving economic growth and achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The objective of the two-day conference is to discuss the role and needs of businesses in achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.

Thursday, 2017, February 16 - 12:08

New York Times (Fashion & Style) - LONDON — While most of fashion has its eyes focused on the couture shows in Paris this week, François-Henri Pinault, the chief executive of Kering, the luxury goods group that owns labels including Gucci, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, has been thinking about something a little more grimy in nature. Specifically, waste.

Thursday, 2016, December 1 - 13:28

We have signed a MoU with the Leather Engineers & Technologists Society of Bangladesh (LETS-B) to colaborate in the SCP expert course. Nov 21, 2016

Thursday, 2016, December 1 - 12:51

In July the SWITCH-Asia project ECOLEBAN engaged policy makers in a capacity building workshop on the benefits of ISO 14001 for the leather sector industries, particularly SMEs. The event aimed at increasing the awareness of policy-makers, particularly those from economic planning, finance, industry and environment units, on the importance of implementing SCP measures and including ISO 14001 in the national policies and strategies.

For more information:

http://www.switch-asia.eu/news/engaging-policy-makers-and-entrepreneurs-...

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:38

Pakistan is fast losing its share in the traditional markets of leather and leather goods to regional countries because of higher cost of production.

Source: Parvaiz Ishfaq Rana — Published Jan 10, 2016. 

For more information:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1231898

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:37

Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan on Thursday announced the formation of Leather Export Promotion Council. Addressing the Pakistan Mega Leather Show and Conference 2016 on Thursday, the minister said that the government would resolve the problems faced by the leather industry.

Source: The Newspaper's Staff Reporter — Updated Jan 29, 2016.

For more information:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1236016

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:34

The Federal Board of Revenue has increased duty drawback rates on export of leather products.

Source: The Newspaper's Staff Reporter — Updated Sep 16, 2015.

For more information:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1207236

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:33

The Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has set an ambitious target for the textile sector to reach US$50 billion exports by 2021. Similarly, the leather sector expects that relocation of tanneries to the Savar Industrial Estate could boost their export revenues from $1.0 billion to $5.0 billion in the next five years. All these targets are achievable if policies are favourable to address structural deficiencies so that efficient use of resources is ensured.Development of export industries and increase of production, with strong impacts on environment and especially on water resources, are now the concerns.  Experts have agreed that in order to maintain long-term impact on the economy and continuing operation of heavy industries in such a small land, water resources have been posing a challenge. Water resources governance needs supporting actions, among others, for maintaining health of communities in and around production areas.

Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/04/18/89194

Posted : 18 Apr, 2015    

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:32

Diversification a must to make footwear competitive. The footwear sub-sector in leather sector requires special attention, given the rising demand of footwear in global market and the value chain advantages, a think tank says.  In its 11th issue, Keystone Quarterly Review said leather industry is the largest in earning foreign exchange after RMG but with export share of only 4.29 per cent of the country's total exports. In the world leather market, it accounts for a mere 0.56 per cent of export share

Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/04/25/90174

Posted : 25 Apr, 2015

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:30

When tanneries should have been fined or sealed for releasing untreated effluent into the Buriganga, the capital's lifeline, foot-dragging over their relocation to a new site has gone on for decades. The ministry of industries has already missed four deadlines for relocation of tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar in the past eight years; it is most likely to miss the next one of June 2015. If the factory owners have used one after another ploy to stall the move, the authorities are no less to blame for not taking the matter seriously. When the ministry concerned was issuing ultimatum for shifting tanneries or facing dire consequences, its own lapses was grossly exposed. The Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), according to a report carried in this newspaper in the second week of last month, is yet to be ready. No doubt, the High Court summoned on April 22 the industries secretary to explain why its earlier order to relocate the tanneries was defied.

Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/05/22/93574

Posted : 22 May, 2015        

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:28

A Swiss foundation would tie up with Bangladesh Bank (BB) to help explore the opportunities of collaborating on exploring global green fund for sustainable infrastructure focusing on textile and leather sectors, reports BSS.

Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/06/30/98587

Posted : 30 Jun, 2015        

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:26

This year's raw hides' price rates during the Eid-ul Azha was fixed on October 02 at a joint meeting of the Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters' Association (BFLLFEA), Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA), and Bangladesh Hides and Skin Merchants Association (BHSMA), the leading trade bodies in the country's leather sector. The tanners fixed the price of salted cowhides between Tk.50 to Tk.55 per square foot in the capital city of Dhaka and between Tk.40 to Tk.45 per square foot for the rest of the country. These are the lowest rates in five years for the skin of sacrificial animals. The prices of goat hide ranged from Tk.15 to Tk.22 per square foot, down from Tk.35 per square foot last year, i.e. 2014. Last year, the rates for cowhides stood at Tk.65 to Tk.70 per square foot in Dhaka and Tk.60 to Tk.65 per square foot in the rest of the country. The rates are also at least 30 per cent lower than that of 2014. Cowhides were sold at Tk.50 to Tk.60 per square foot in 2011.

Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/10/22/112950

Posted : 22 Oct, 2015        

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:25

A three day ‘Leathertech Bangladesh-2015’ kicks off today (Thursday) in the city to display leather related technology including machinery, chemical and accessories.The third edition of the show will take place at International Convention City Bashundhara in the city organised by ASK Trade and Exhibitions Pvt Ltd.

Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/11/25/120485

Posted : 25 Nov, 2015

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:24

The central bank introduced a US$ 200-million refinancing fund on Thursday to accelerate sustainable growth in export-oriented textile and leather sectors conducive to green economy transformation in the country.

Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2016/01/15/131311Posted : 15 Jan, 2016        

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:22

The central bank introduced a US$ 200-million refinancing fund on Thursday to accelerate sustainable growth in export-oriented textile and leather sectors conducive to green economy transformation in the country.Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2016/01/15/131311Posted : 15 Jan, 2016        

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:21

With climate change and its effect on the earth coupled with worldwide environment cautious buyer and consumer demand, eco-friendly manufacturing is the need of the time rather than current form of production which consumes lot of natural resources. Eco-friendly apparel is created from the sources that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Considerations should be given to the products' total life span (i.e. starting from the design for the environment, obtaining raw materials, producing clothing as well as its impact on the planet). So green aspects in the clothing industry should be evaluated along the product-life cycle. Eco-friendly or green manufacturing involves activities such as reducing and recycling, whereas remanufacturing involves activities such as reusing and product/material recovery. textile and readymade garments (RMG) are crucial among some specific sectors (sectors like leather industry, brick) of Bangladesh that require intervention in terms of providing green finance with a view to reducing pollutants, saving water bodies and securing ecological balance.

Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2016/03/19/136863

Posted : 19 Mar, 2016        

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:19

Leaders of the Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) said the country's leather goods export could be doubled if the government provided necessary support and the political situation remained stable.

Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2016/03/30/137731

Posted : 30 Mar, 2016            

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 15:17

The government should take legal action against the tanners at Hazaribagh if they fail to shift their units to Savar Leather Industrial Park within the government-set timeline, a local environment organisation suggested on Monday.The industries minister on January 3 last gave a 72-hour ultimatum to the tanners through serving legal notices for relocating their units to Savar.

Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2016/04/05/138249Posted : 05 Apr, 2016    

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 13:30

Meeting with govt tomorrowTalha Bin HabibThe tanners will sit with the government tomorrow (Wednesday) to seek more time for relocation of their units at Savar due to inordinate delay in building infrastructure at the new sites. This indicates that their shifting to Savar is almost ruled out in the immediate future.

Source: The Financial Express. For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2016/04/12/138865

Posted : 12 Apr, 2016

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 13:28

Leather goods sector has the potential to grow up to RMG (ready-made garments) and even more with maximum value addition by using local raw materials if government support is provided to them. Currently, the leather sector is going through a tough time, especially in a conflicting situation to shift tanneries and leather factories from Hazaribagh to the Savar Leather Industrial Park. The government does not want to allow them to stay at Hazaribagh for a single day more. But entrepreneurs are taking abnormally long time to relocate their tanneries there. The government's stand is logical because tanneries are polluting environment in Hazaribagh since their inception. The environment of adjoining areas of Hazaribagh is posing a major threat for healthy living of the people. On the other hand, the government arranged a proper location to shift the tanneries so that the environmental threat could be treated and a congenial atmosphere maintained.

Source: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2016/04/18/139257

Posted : 18 Apr, 2016        

Tuesday, 2016, May 17 - 13:27

The association unveils first-ever business promotion brochureLeathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) on Thursday demanded immediate relocation of tannery units to the new leather industrial state of Savar to meet buyers' compliance requirements.The association also sought sustainable and necessary policy support from the government for helping promote the country's leather goods and footwear manufacturing industrySource: The Financial Express.

For more information:

http://print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2016/04/23/139722

Posted : 23 Apr, 2016        

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