DHAKA – Researchers tracked textile waste streams from Bangladesh’s vast ready-made garment (RMG) sector and based on their findings, they estimate an average of US$0.70 is lost for every piece of apparel exported. For context, a study released last year by the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) showed the unit price of apparel products in Bangladesh was US$2.5.
For their study, researchers identified and categorised the textile waste generated in various apparel production stages and also traced the informal trading of waste materials – a huge underground market in Bangladesh.
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