In my capacity as founder of Techstyler I am focused firmly on the need to share meaningful sustainability and fashion-tech information to both fashion businesses and consumers. In addition, I have founded a materials innovation agency, so I understand the challenges faced by both creators/business owners and consumers.
In the following report I summarised a day of discussions at the Bangladesh ‘Fashionology’ Summit held in the capital, Dhaka, between retail and brand giants including H&M and M&S and some of the world’s biggest garment manufacturers – Pacific Jeans, Pioneer Denim and Viyellatex included. In the mix were also startups, including Infinited Fiber and Shimmy Technologies, who recognise that if their sustainability and supply chain solutions are adopted in Bangladesh they will have a critical impact and achieve global scale improvements. Bangladesh is the second largest garment manufacturer in the world after China, but it faces unprecedented challenges and risks, despite it’s successes to date (bringing around 50 million people out of extreme poverty through work and improving life expectancy) and terrible tragedies (including the Rana Plaza building collapse).
Here are key takeaways from the summit, along with my research and opinion-based recommendations for how the RMG industry in Bangladesh could proceed toward the fourth industrial revolution and achieve digital transformation, fair and decent work, sustainable production and protection of the environment – with continued profits. For more information or to share your thoughts, please email Techstylermail (at) gmail dot com.
Brooke Roberts-Islam – Founder, Techstyler; Director, BRIA