Partnership for Cleaner Textile in Bangladesh – PaCT

The textile industry is an important part of the Bangladesh economy and creates jobs for nearly 4 million people. Since textile production consumes large quantities of water, water is a critical issue for a sustainable industry. Therefore Lindex is participating in the four-year programme Partnership for Cleaner Textile – PaCT in Bangladesh together with 7 other international fashion companies.

The water issue in Bangladesh

  • Surface water is polluted which makes it impossible to drink and use in production. The textile industry has to use groundwater instead, 1.500 billion liters of groundwater is consumed by the industry every year.
  • The groundwater level in Dhaka, Bangladesh is declining with about 2 metres a year, making the groundwater situation in the city critical.
  • A significant drop in groundwater levels has a direct impact on the poor and on the economy as a whole. Over 80 per cent of the city relies on groundwater for domestic consumption and industrial uses.
  • Surface water pollution harms the health of people as well as the ecosystems on which the people depend for food and income.

What the PaCT project does

The Partnership for Cleaner Textile is a project for the period 2013-2016 that focuses on reducing groundwater consumption and surface water pollution associated with textile wet processing by:

  • Developing resource-efficiency procurement requirements
  • Helping factories increase their capacity
  • Spreading technical knowledge
  • Accessing to finance for Cleaner Production investments
  • Creating a platform for community and national dialogue on sustainable use of water in the textile sector

The Partnership for Cleaner Textile strives for a positive environmental change for the Bangladesh textile wet processing industry, its workers and surrounding communities. Several of Lindex largest suppliers participate in the programme today. Our goal that 80 per cent of all our garments manufactured in Bangladesh will be produced in cleaner factories in 2016 was achieved already in 2014.