Envoy Textiles Limited: A drive to green transition
AuthorMosaddeque, Iffat Ara
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Envoy Textiles Limited (ETL) is one of Bangladesh's rising green textile factories and was the world's first LEED Platinum textile denim manufacturer in 2016. In 2021, ETL exported 45,509,446 tonnes of yarn, fabric, and dyed yarn, which is 25% higher than in 2018. ETL took several initiatives for environmental sustainability, natural resource conservation, recycling, and reuse. As a result, ETL has reduced 20.17% greenhouse gas emission, 25.33% natural gas consumption, 3.3% steam, and 5.9% electricity consumption under PaCT-2, which is highly appreciable. However, according to ETL, low prices, shifting buyer compliance requirements, geopolitics, and insufficient infrastructure are all obstacles to progress. To recover from the Covid-19 shock and overcome the hurdles above, ETL is pursuing a higher price level and increased order volume. To become more competitive globally, ETL needs to emphasize recycling and circularity, export diversification, green yarn sourcing, gender balance in the workforce, and reducing water use and hazardous chemicals in the production process. My internship experience at ETL multiplied the knowledge gathered from my coursework. In ETL, I learned and understood the inner functioning of Bangladesh's reputed green textile factory. My internship at ETL helped me grow as a person, and it also helped me learn new skills in production, operation, management, and the denim business process that I did not have before. Furthermore, managing a big factory-like ETL and regularly maintaining environmental and social safeguards is a tough job that I learned from my internship. If I get the opportunity to work with the RMG industry, the diverse knowledge and skills I have gathered from ETL will make me ahead of others. I will continue learning about the green technologies, clean production process, recycling, and circularity of the RMG and textile industries to grab the upcoming opportunity and advance my career accordingly.