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  • Charles Wankel
    Charles Wankel It is heartening to hear about the eco-friendly initiatives that this company has introduced to its business practices.
    April 18
  • Megan Buchter
    Megan Buchter So much of the clothing we wear comes from Bangladesh. Hearing that this company is responsibly producing fabrics is so encouraging. I hope that other garment factories follow in their footsteps.
    April 18

Zaber and Zubair's Sustainability Initiative

Date published: 18 Apr 2017
Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh     0 likes   2

Overview

A garment factory that focuses on improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. Since their inception, Noman Group, the parent company of Zaber and Zubair, has been pioneering practices to minimize the use of energy, water, chemicals, and other materials. The facilities are designed and operated in an eco-friendly manner in order to minimize their environmental impact. 

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Innovation

Zaber and Zubair fabrics has introduced Soft Pigment Print which uses less water, chemicals, and energy. This company reuses emitted gas from CNG generators. They recycle 200 tons of fabric every month; recycled fabrics are processed to make wastage yarn. Zaber and Zubair fabrics Ltd recycles chemical drums and plastic byproducts of 30 tons every month. Additionally, they use energy efficient light bulbs and recycle salt. The business relies on abundant sources of water, whether it is in manufacturing or providing clean water for workers wherever they operate. The water usage associated with manufacturing is a significant part of their overall water footprint. Therefore, they properly address their water usage, quality, and availability within their direct operations, which not only reduce their overall environmental footprint, but also makes good business sense to operate as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. Zaber and Zubair Fabrics possesses the country’s largest biological Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP), ensuring that the water used in production returns to natural sources without any harmful substances.

Overall impact

Below are some of the eco-friendly contributions the Noman Group has made:

  • 60 m3 water has been recycled in the six printing stations per hour
  • Co2 emission reduction: 16,000 tons
  • Energy cost reduced: 26% per linear meter
  • CER potential: 32,000 CER/year
  • Recycled fabric: 200 tons/month
  • Recycled chemical drums and plastic byproducts: 30 tons/month 

Inspiration

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), Noman Group, the parent company of Zaber and Zubair fabrics Ltd, is the third largest employer in Bangladesh, and has around 60,000 employees in Bangladesh. They pride themselves on having very low employee turnover and excellent rapport between management and workers. The company has gotten many awards for its ethical business practices like the Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (BATEXPO) award. 

Business benefit

 The Noman Group, the parent company of Zaber and Zubair, total revenue crossed the magical $1 Billion mark in 2013 and is growing further every year!

Social and environmental benefit

In the last fiscal year, Noman Group, the parent company of Zaber and Zubair, has not been subject to any complaints or concerns regarding incidents of non-compliance with regulations and/or voluntary codes concerning the health and safety impacts of the products and services they provide.  

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Mohammed Arif Bhuiyan, Zaber and Zubair Fabric's green practices

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2 comments
  • Charles Wankel
    Charles Wankel It is heartening to hear about the eco-friendly initiatives that this company has introduced to its business practices.
    April 18
  • Megan Buchter
    Megan Buchter So much of the clothing we wear comes from Bangladesh. Hearing that this company is responsibly producing fabrics is so encouraging. I hope that other garment factories follow in their footsteps.
    April 18