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Bangladeshi leather industry: an overview of recent sustainable developments

Paul, H., Antunes, A. P. M., Covington, A. D., Evans, P. and Phillips, P. S. (2013) Bangladeshi leather industry: an overview of recent sustainable developments. Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists. 97, pp. 25-32. 0144-0322.

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Abstract: The Government of Bangladesh has identified the leather sector as one with considerable growth and investment potential ranked fifth in the export earning sector. Currently Bangladesh produces and exports quality bovine and ovine, caprine (buffalo and cow; sheep and goat) leathers that have a good international reputation for fine textured skins. However, the entire leather sector meets only 0.5% of the world’s leather trade worth US$75 billion. There are about 113 tanneries in Bangladesh that produce 180 million square feet of hides and skins per year. In addition there are about 30 modern shoe manufacturing plants engaged in the production of high-quality footwear, with over 2500 smaller footwear manufacturers also present in the sector. There are around 100 small-to-medium leather goods manufacturers, and a small number of niche larger manufacturers. The sector directly employs approximately 558 000 people. Most of the tanneries do not have proper effluent plants and generate 20 000m3 tannery effluent and 232 tonnes solid waste per day. Tannery liquid and solid wastes are a potential pollutant but also have a potential value. Specific technologies to convert wastes are required. These vary from crude and simple to highly sophisticated and complex. A proposed new leather park is expected to bring a clear transformation to the leather industry with a marked increase in production, product diversification and new product lines with increased sustainability of the sector. Sustainable and cleaner production will be a key issue for the development without placing burdens on the environment.
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD896 Industrial and factory wastes
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE300 Environmental management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD72 Economic growth, development, planning > HD75.6 Environmental economics. Sustainable development
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS940 Leather industries. Tanning
Creators: Paul, Hiralal, Antunes, A Paula M, Covington, Anthony D, Evans, Paul and Phillips, Paul S
Publisher: Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Environment
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Group > Institute for Creative Leather Technologies
Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Environmental Science
Research Institutes > Institute for Creative Leather Technologies
Date: January 2013
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 25-32
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists
Volume: 97
Language: English
ISSN: 0144-0322
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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