Bangladesh’s apparel exporters are turning to green building initiatives aiming to get more work orders by impressing the eco-friendly retailers across the globe.

As part of the move, 14 garment factories from Bangladesh have already received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) after confirming their practice of good compliance and environmentally safe procedures.

The LEED certification is a rating system that reviews a factory's green initiatives such as site development, energy and water conservation, materials selection and indoor environmental conditions.

“At least 50 more readymade garment (RMG) factories now are in under process to receive the LEED certification", Shahidullah Azim, vice president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), told SPORTSWEAR INTERNATIONAL in Dhaka.
The BGMEA leader also expects that more than 150 factories are expected to receive the LEED certification by the end of next year.

Plummy Fashions Limited is now under process to receive a platinum LEED certification and is scheduled to go into production fully by the middle of the next month, producing 1 million pieces of knitwear products each month.   

“We’ll be happy if others come forward and set up factories that are green and take all safety issues into consideration,” Fazlul Hoque, managing director of Plummy Fashions told SPORTSWEAR INTERNATIONAL.

Mr. Hoque, also former president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), is currently in talks with renowned global retailers including Marks & Spencer, C&A, Esprit and Li & Fung about fresh orders for the green factory.